At-large City Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter has made it official with an announcement that she will be running for reelection in 2022.
It’s no surprise. Abuzuaiter has not been shy about saying that she intended to run for reelection, but the announcement on Wednesday, Aug. 25 makes her intention official. It is still unknown when filing for the 2022 City Council election will open because it could vary depending on when the City Council completes the redistricting process.
Abuzuaiter was first elected to the City Council in 2011 and was at the time seen as one of the more liberal members of the council. In her present term, which began in 2017, Abuzuaiter is seen as one of the more moderate members. It’s not that Abuzuaiter’s politics have changed, but that the City Council has shifted left. In 2011, Greensboro elected a Republican mayor, Robbie Perkins, and two Republican councilmembers. There isn’t a single Republican on the current City Council.
Abuzuaiter is chair of the Greensboro Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (GUAMPO), which approves federally and state funded transportation projects and, as such, she has become the City Council’s expert on transportation issues.
She is also chair of the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART), which provides regional public transportation in a 10-county area.
In the press release announcing her candidacy Abuzuaiter states, “I work hard to make sure our city is the best it can be in order to attract businesses large and small. My support of small business is ongoing and continues. As the only councilmember who has own a small independent business, I know the challenges they face on a daily basis and will continue advocating for them. During the pandemic I created ‘Greensboro Takeout’ page on Facebook to help our local, independent restaurants in their quest to stay open.”
Abuzuaiter owned and operated Mahi’s seafood restaurant on Lawndale Drive from 1996 to 2014. Mahi’s was a casualty of the Greensboro Urban Loop, officially I-840.
In the 2017 City Council race, Abuzuaiter finished second in the at-large City Council race to City Councilmember Yvonne Johnson. Former City Councilmember Michelle Kennedy finished third.
Abuzuaiter is known for attending a vast number of community events and she states in the press release, “I have a passion for serving our community and I did so for many years prior to being elected to City Council. My involvement in the community is shown by my involvement with our residents at neighborhood events and meeting in every district in Greensboro.”