Just My Opinion 10-13-17

Millennials, millennials, millennials.  In the last few years much has been made about their socioeconomic impact .  Because they are a growing segment of the US population, efforts have been made by restaurants, apartment builders, and other segments of the economy to attract them as consumers.

Just look at the recent Charlotte Democratic primary.  This was a huge primary considering it was to decide the Democrats nomination for Mayor and city council. Two strong opponents were taking on incumbent Mayor Jennifer Roberts and substantial efforts were made to attract millennials to vote.  After all, they are the largest segment of the Charlotte population at 29 percent.  Several forums were held targeting only millennials because they were seen as a new emerging force in local politics. All held at breweries, of course.

Was this a valid assumption that millennial  would come out in full force to vote?

Nope.

According to an analysis made by Jim Morrill at The Charlotte Observer: voters under the age of 25 made up a mere 2 percent of those who voted in the 2017 primary.  Those under  40 made up less than 18 percent while voters over the age of 40 made up 82 percent  In  fact 33 % were 65 or older.

What does this mean for future elections, at least in the near future?  Candidates should target 40 year and older voters, because they are wasting their efforts on millennials. I hope Morrill breaks down the general election stats and we can see if this is a trend that is solid, at least for the time being.

This is a fascinating read: http:/www.charlotteobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article17680291.html

 

 

Heard on the Street 10-13-17

Kim McMillan:  Formally head of  the department of Public Information  for the City of Charlotte, recently left Moore and Van Allen for a new adventure.  She is currently VP of Marketing and Communications Charlotte Regional Realtors Association.

Tim Newman has a new adventure too.  He recently departed ways with Daniel Levine where he headed up asset management.  He is developing a program called Adult Spectrum Transition, which will develop paths towards an independent life for South Carolina special needs adults over the age of 21.  They will provide vocational training as well as job placement, transportation and housing, It will be based in Rock Hill and open for business in January. Tim has two 21 year old autistic boys and if anyone has the heart and know how about special needs adults, it is Tim.  I see this as a tremendous success for Tim and a valuable ministry .

Black Political Caucus made their endorsements for the General Election after the Mayoral City Council debate which took place on October 5. Their plans for the upcoming election November 7 is to mail to all A and B voters in the African American households in the city,  distribute flyers, mail to ministers, run radio spots, and  conduct an aggressive social media campaign. Their estimated budget for all that is $14, 750.  Only Democrats were endorsed with the exception of Republican Tariq Bakhari who in running for City Council District 6 against a Democrat and a Librarian.

Tricia Cotham, former NC House representative has joined Mc Guire Woods consulting.