49ers in Public Office
We are proud of all of our 49ers who have chosen to serve in public office. Congratulations to the following 49ers who were elected or re-elected to public office in the 2016 election:
- Lt. Gov. Dan Forest ('93,'94, BA, architecture)
- U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (’96, BA, history)
- Rep. Bill Brawley (’78, BS, accounting)
- Rep. Dean Arp (’99 MS, civil engineering)
- Rep. Mary Belk (’06, BA political science)
- Rep. Kelly Hastings (’09, teaching certificate)
- Rep. Jason Saine (’95, BA, political science)
- Rep. Cecil Brockman (’06, BA, political science)
- Sen. Joyce Waddell (’73, MA, education)
- Rep. Linda Hunt Williams ('96, MPA)
Know alumni serving in public office? If so, please email Betty Doster.
The 49er Democracy Experience
UNC Charlotte’s 49er Democracy Experience brings together expert faculty, civic-minded students and community partners for educational programming to enhance understanding of and participation in the nation’s democratic process.
During this year’s election season, members of the 49er Democracy Experience volunteered at campus voter registration sites, visited classes to discuss civic engagement and staffed University information tables to answers voter-related questions.
The 49er Democracy Experience began during the 2012 presidential election. Charlotte hosted the Democratic Presidential Nominating Convention and UNC Charlotte collaborated with higher education institutions, business, civic and community leaders to provide an array of opportunities and educational programming for students, faculty, staff and the broader community. As North Carolina’s urban research university and the Charlotte region’s largest higher education institution, it is fitting that UNC Charlotte has been a leader in this unique initiative.
(Pictured, above right: UNC Charlotte helps register voters)
Early Voting on Campus
UNC Charlotte was one of many early voting sites across the state, and 8,474 people voted on campus between Oct. 27 and Nov. 5, including many voting in their first election.
UNC Charlotte’s student body president encouraged his peers to participate in early voting on campus. "It is a critical time in our country’s history," said Fahn Darkor (’18). "Let’s make UNC Charlotte a community that provides involvement, knowledge and pride. Remember, your vote is your voice."