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Brian Francis is president of Francis Consulting Services,  a strategic communications firm that helps businesses, governments and non-profits achieve their strategic goals through effective communications.

He launched the country’s first online redistricting tool as part of the 2011 Mecklenburg County Commission redistricting and recently was chief strategist on the successful $920 million Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools bond campaign.

Latest story: These 7 maps show why the redistricting free-for-all won’t be fair for all

Michael Cooper is an attorney and writer in the foothills of North Carolina. His work has appeared in  National Affairs, U.S. News, The New Republic, Scalawag, The Winston-Salem Journal and Our State.

The Appalachian State alum is also co-chair of the New Leaders Council in North Carolina.

Latest story: It’s time for new monuments in North Carolina. Here are 57 ideas of who to memorialize

Edwin Peacock III is a former member of the Charlotte City Council at-large (2007-2011) and was the Republican nominee for mayor in 2013 and 2015.

He lives in Charlotte and is a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual.

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