N.C. Senate Candidate Lloyd Scher to Host Meeting on Senior Issues Tonight
September 8, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - The public is invited to a town-hall-style meeting Thursday, Sept. 8, to ask questions of N.C. Senate candidate Lloyd Scher and find out what the state legislature can do about the unique needs of Mecklenburg County's aging community.
The town hall will start at 6 p.m. at the South County Regional Library, 5801 Rea Road, Charlotte. Everyone is invited.
Scher is running for the District 39 seat in the state Senate in the Nov. 8 election. His opponent, Dan Bishop, was invited to co-host the meeting but declined.
Mecklenburg County has 106,000 residents age 55 or older. Of those, almost half (47,000, or 44 percent) live in N.C. Senate District 39 (source: http://bit.ly/2cgj5L0). Yet even with that concentration of senior adults in the district where he's running, Bishop has declined to participate in the Sept. 8 meeting to let voters hear his thoughts on their issues. His campaign website contains nothing about senior adults' concerns.
Lloyd Scher has a long history of service to the senior adult community. He said he wants to put his experience and record of listening to work helping the needs of seniors.
As a Mecklenburg County Commissioner for eight years, Lloyd Scher worked hard on behalf on senior adults. He was selected to serve a four-year term as President of the National Association of Counties's Commission on Aging.
“For four years I traveled around this country, doing hearings and meetings with seniors, finding out what their issues would be for the future,” Scher said. “And they were almost universal” in raising concerns about medical care, short- and long-term health care, and transportation.
“In North Carolina, I was instrumental in working to increase the homestead property tax exemption, which allows seniors and those with physical challenges to receive tax credits that reduce their property taxes,” Scher said. The tax credit thus helps senior adults stay in their homes and avoid losing them due to inability to pay higher taxes.
“As your senator, unlike Dan Bishop, I will make sure that senior issues and senior cares are in the forefront of the future,” Scher said. Those issues are especially crucial because North Carolina's population of senior adults is increasing rapidly, he said.
For more information visit www.scher4ncsenate.com. Contact is Lloyd Scher @ 704-506-4020.