Dimple Ajmera wins place on ballot for Charlotte City Council

Charlotte City Council member Dimple Ajmera has advanced to the general election for the Charlotte, N.C., City Council’s at-large seat with a fourth-place finish in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary election. Ajmera just made it to the November election, with the top four finishers of the election advancing to the next phase.

Indian American financial accountant Dimple Ajmera says supporters of President Donald Trump have no business running for office in Charlotte. It’s a silly thing to say. It’s an unproductive thing to say. I sort of recognize why she said it.

Ajmera, who was appointed to the council in January to replace fellow Democrat John Autry, is running for an at-large seat this fall. In an appearance Sunday on the news show Flashpoint, she said: “Republicans that are supporting Trump, they should have no place on City Council whatsoever or in the mayor’s race.”

The candidate, in being named to the seat, agreed not to seek re-election, though she drew the ire of some councilmembers who voted her into the seat when she announced she would seek election for the at-large post. Ajmera, who works at TIAA in University City, said she has worked to make progress on redeveloping Eastland Mall and wants to do more to encourage businesses to relocate to east and west Charlotte.

She said the city could change its economic development grants to steer companies toward struggling areas of the city, according to the report. Ajmera immigrated with her family to the United States from India when she was 16. She graduated from Southern High in Durham and then the University of Southern California.

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