The Leadership Our State Needs Right Now
Wesley is a North Carolinian born and bred. A Graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics, he went on to earn his PhD in Economic from Clemson University. Today he works as an Economic Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Economics at UNC-Charlotte, and started a small business with his twin sister to help local non-profits raise money.
Wesley is running for re-election to the NC House of Representatives because he wants to put his skills and experience to use building an economy that is not only poised for great growth, but one that works for every single North Carolinian.
Wesley’s passion for politics and policy began at an early age. It was in his grade school classroom where he first learned the importance of standing up for what you believe in – especially as a Democrat growing up in rural North Carolina. He identifies those formative years as the catalyst for his curiosity in democracy and government. With each year his curiosity grew, driving him to do whatever he could to understand the role and impact government and policy had on the public as a whole and on each and every person. As a young adult he understood more and more the positive impact a progressive, citizen-first government could have, and this passion eventually dictated his career path to become an Economist.
Learning To Lead
Following his graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wesley earned a PhD in Economics from Clemson University in South Carolina, focusing on political economy and public finance. There, Wesley discovered his love for teaching and community service. Through his teaching roles at Clemson, University of South Carolina and University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Wesley discovered how important it is to instill the principles of Economics in the next generation of leaders.
Standing Up For Our House
After his stint at the University of South Carolina, Wesley decided to enter the private sector as an Economist in Boston; but his heart remained in North Carolina. Following the passage of HB2 Wesley decided it was time to return home to start fighting for the government he knew North Carolinians deserved. Since returning to North Carolina, Wesley has played an active role in the community. He is a member of the Charlotte Economics Club, the Mecklenburg County Young Democrats, served on the Steering Committee for the Arts and Science Council Young Donors Society.
News & Updates
“We have critical and massive infrastructure needs in this state, highlighted by the $8 billion infrastructure need of our public school system,” Harris said.
“This proposal begins to close the gap in our infrastructure needs, preserves our general fund for other pressing expenses, and the capital projects will be a job creator as our State’s economy begins to recover from the COVID19 crisis,” Harris said.
"If people are still going to work from home for an extended period of time, you are going to see the uptown economy, in particular, is still going to be very sluggish. There just aren't going to be a lot of people there," said Harris.
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North Carolina legislators seek hearing on Duke Energy's long-range plans - Charlotte Business Journal
"We may not all agree on everything, but we can agree on the necessity to move our reliance to clean, renewable energy," the legislators say. "And to that end a thorough review of both our state's utility plans and costs is needed."
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