Jeff Scott

Jeff Scott, Charlotte City Council District 6




Jeff Scott and his wife Leslie, children Eddie and Eileen (now 24 and 17), moved to Charlotte in 2011 from the Bay Area, California. They live in the Olde Providence neighborhood of South Charlotte, with Bruce, the world’s most wonderful dog.

Jeff has worked for 30 years as a financial markets and banking professional, starting out in the late 80s as an economist for the Federal Home Loan Bank in San Francisco. Jeff’s career is a history of emerging as the “go to” guy to solve difficult problems faced by large institutions, sometimes under tense and challenging circumstances. He leads by example and persuasion; colleagues and associates find him a collegial and thoughtful partner. He has worked in multiple roles at major banks in Charlotte, and is currently a consultant in business intelligence development and technology. Jeff is an alumnus of San Francisco State University, where he earned degrees in both Economics and Statistics, and was awarded “Top Economics Student” distinction and membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Jeff has long been involved in education and career counseling, and has written and published widely.  He holds the title of Adjunct Scholar at the Mises Institute of Auburn, Alabama. As a registered volunteer and parent in the CMS system, he has been invited to address students in history, economics and civics on careers and politics.  He is a lifelong contributor to the financial economic literacy of people struggling to understand the complexities economic life, and will continue on that path. His wife, Leslie, is a well-known public artist and former art teacher in California who has large scale public artworks, including the Government Center of downtown Charlotte.


On the Issues:

Jeff Scott: “The most critical issues are all related to rapid growth during our current boom: displaced population, high in-migration, rapid building, gentrification, density, immobility, congestion and so on. These are good problems to be facing compared to most cities, and overall, we should be counting the blessings of our local economy. We will face a different set of issues when the situation reverses; we want to be cognizant that any policies we adopt have to be adjustable to both boom times and bust times. We want to protect our quality of life and dynamism and have realistic, non-partisan, expectations of the near future.”

The Local Economy:

Jeff Scott: “City government is judged by the people who live here. The diverse people who live here and want to live here are the final judges, and they need to be satisfied. The city should never lose its attractiveness as a destination. For people looking to leave stagnant parts of the country, Charlotte must remain a place that can keep its promise of opportunity. City Government should focus on encouraging local entrepreneurs to start businesses and commit to tax and regulatory stability to out-of-state firms wishing to locate their businesses here. This can be done in the spirit of fair play and without putting taxpayers at risk. A strong business climate without favoritism or bias benefits all.”

Vision for Charlotte:

The Scott family fully believes in Charlotte’s potential, and quickly jumped into community, school and cultural involvement after relocating. Jeff Scott firmly believes that Charlotte can be a world- class city with a distinctive approach to maintaining its quality of life and its appeal as safe, dynamic, and prosperous. It must stay attractive to people seeking a better life, who want to work in a fun and beautiful place. Compared to many cities, Charlotte does many things right, and Jeff is a fan of its energy and ethics.  “We have it good here—let’s keep it and make it even better!”

An Alternative to Party-Politics:

Jeff serves as the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Mecklenburg County. His political and local involvement spurred him to run for the District 6 City Council seat to have an impact on the direction of Charlotte’s growth, and to improve the political dialogue. Both major parties in power together have less common sense than either one of them have on their own. The bipartisan comradery has broken down. In the current toxic environment, the instinct of both parties is to disrupt social harmony and impose social and economic restrictions on work life and lifestyles. When those policies misfire, the doors to opportunity start shutting, the city becomes bitter, resentful and anxious. Jeff Scott’s campaign hears that message from voters who want leadership to think better about public safety and problems that result from rapid growth. It’s time to inject more common sense into the basic operations and policies of the city.

On the Libertarian Party:

The Libertarian Party is the country’s fastest growing and most energized political party. In these deeply troubled times, the LP stands steadfast on its principles to pull away from the idea that the force of the government is the way to solve problems. When insiders benefit from development and neighborhoods languish, a city must take a long look in the mirror. Cities have to be adaptable to conditions, devolving power to keep its vitality through all kinds of social turmoil.  Now is time for a third option, a tri-partisan approach to unlock better solutions.




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