The Greensboro mayoral race just got more interesting.
At the Guilford County Republican Party membership meeting on Monday, June 13, Chris Meadows announced that he was running a write-in campaign for mayor.
It’s late in the game to be launching a campaign – with a little more than three weeks before early voting starts on July 7 for the July 26 City Council election,
The two names on the ballot in the mayor’s race are Mayor Nancy Vaughan and District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling.
Two candidates, Eric Robert and Mark Cummings, were eliminated in the May 17 primary.
Greensboro municipal elections are nonpartisan, but it is well known that Vaughan, Outling and every member of the current City Council are Democrats.
Meadows, by contrast, is the first vice president of the Guilford County Republican Party. In 2020, Meadows was the Republican candidate for District 57 state House seat and lost to Democrat District 57 state House Representative Ashton Clemmons.
In a letter announcing his candidacy, Meadows states, “Greensboro deserves to be prosperous. Greensboro deserves to be safe. Greensboro deserves to have good stewards of our tax dollars. Greensboro deserves a better Mayor. In a non-partisan election, it’s important to elect the person that will put the interests of Greensboro, before a partisan, political agenda.”
Meadows notes the current public safety crisis in Greensboro with record setting numbers of homicides, shootings and unanswered 911 calls.
He states, “We are down about 150 police officers in the Greensboro Police Department, we are short about 100 patrol cars, and the current City Council ran off one of the best Police Chiefs Greensboro has had in many years. He left to go be the Police Chief for UNC-Chapel Hill. How is that a promotion? It’s not. He left because the Greensboro City Council is anti-police and does not give them the tools to do their job and puts policies in place to restrain them from doing their jobs.”
The Guilford County Republican Party executive committee put some bite in Meadows’ bark by unanimously voting to spend $12,000 on a get out the vote campaign for the July 26 City Council election.
With paper ballots now being used, it is much simpler to vote for a write-in candidate than it was when Guilford County used electronic voting machines.
In 1997, a write-in candidate for mayor finished second in the general election defeating one, but not both, of the candidates on the ballot.