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Charlotte City Council Member Dimple Ajmera Among Four Democrats Sweeping At-Large Seats on City Council

Charlotte City Council Member Dimple Ajmera Among Four Democrats Sweeping At-Large Seats on City Council

  • She became the first Asian-American and the youngest woman to be elected to City Council in 2017.

Charlotte, North Carolina City Council member Dimple Ajmera has won the June 27 municipal elections. She led the tightly packed field of Democrats who swept the four at-large seats on the city council, as reported by Ajmera received 16.55 percent of the votes, followed by Braxton Winston II with 16.3 percent. On the third and fourth positions were LaWana Slack-Mayfield and James “Smuggie” Mitchell with 15.08 percent and 15.06 percent respectively. At-large members represent all Charlotte residents, not just those in a particular district.

“I’m deeply grateful and humbled to have overwhelming support throughout the city for this historic victory,” Ajmera tweeted. “I commit to delivering on the promises I made to address displacement, congestion and crime in our city. I will collaborate with my colleagues to deliver on these promises.” In a follow-up post, she urged everyone to set their differences aside and “work together for the benefit of all Charlotteans.”

Earlier in May, she told The Political Beat’s Joe Bruno that she’s running “to continue to deliver on the promises” that she had made. “As a working mother, as a new mother, I feel the sense of urgency behind everything that we do on city council from affordable housing, public safety, to congestion and traffic.”

Ajmera became the first Asian-American and youngest woman to be elected to City Council in 2017. Her website describes her as “a fighter with a proven record.” Her platform includes, but is not limited to, Public Safety, Affordable Housing, a Healthy Environment, Women’s Equality, Economic Development, and Infrastructure. She is widely known for chairing the Environment Committee and helping Charlotte become a global leader in sustainability with bipartisan support. 

A Gujarat native, Ajmera came to the US from India when she was in high school, knowing little English. She graduated from the University of Southern California and worked as a CPA in Los Angeles before moving to Charlotte eight years ago to take a financial services job.

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In 2020, she ran for the post of North Carolina treasurer but lost to Indian American Aaron ‘Ronnie’ Chatterji in the Democratic primaries.

She is a recipient of the 2018 Global Service Award by Rotary International, the 2019 Blue Sky Award for Public Policy Work by Clean Air Carolina, the Community Advocate Award by CafĂ© Mocha Radio, and one of Longleaf Politics’ 54 Top Young Political Stars in North Carolina. She has been recognized as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Mecklenburg County by The Mecklenburg Times and named Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. Most recently she received the NAACP Excellence in Leadership Award.

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