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Dennis Peterson to File for City Council At-Large

Dennis Peterson

Dennis Peterson

Charlotte, NC – Dennis Peterson will join supporters and fellow candidates as he files for Charlotte City Council At-large on Thursday, July 18, at 11:30am in the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections offices.

“We live in an amazing city with untold potential, but we are under performing and our communities are struggling to pay for a government that continues to grow while families are struggling to make ends meet. The City Council has increased the cost of living for our citizens by raising property taxes, utility costs, transit fares, and higher housing costs as a result of burdensome regulation.  Coupled with high unemployment, this has stretched the public to the breaking point.  Instead of trying to make life easier for those that are struggling, Council has chosen to dole out money and tax breaks to those that are wealthy and well-connected.” said Peterson, a Vice President with Wells Fargo and a retired 21 year US Navy Commander.

“City Leaders have betrayed the trust of the voters and it is time for Charlotte to move in a direction that enables real opportunity for all of its residents.”

In August of 2002, Commander Peterson was recalled to active duty for nearly a year in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as Personnel Support and Disbursing Officer at Naval Support Activity Bahrain (Home of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet).  Since his return, he has served on the North Carolina Committee for the Employer’s Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and was integral in ensuring that Wachovia Corp. received the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award in 2005 for exemplary support of employees serving in the Armed Forces. He also is a volunteer for Charlotte Bridge Home (a non-profit dedicated to the seamless reintegration of military veterans into Charlotte’s community) and NC Heroes’ Fund (charity for North Carolina military service members and veterans).

Mr. Peterson moved to Charlotte in 1995 with his wife of 20 years, Sharon.  Dennis and Sharon are the proud parents of two sons – Joseph, a 2011 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School; and Matthew, a Junior and varsity football defensive end at Rocky River High School.  Committed to his sons’ education, he has volunteered as a Junior Achievement instructor at Reedy Creek Elementary, where both attended.

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