And now there are three.
Eric Robert announced by email on Wednesday, Dec. 22, his intention to run for mayor.
He states, “I will be running for Mayor of Greensboro during the next municipal election (whenever that is).”
Robert also states, “I believe it is time to move our community forward with a fresh perspective paired with a clear vision. I am running for everything we could be and are not.”
Robert joins City Councilmember Justin Outling, who announced he was running in December 2020, and filed to run on Dec. 8, a few hours before the North Carolina Supreme Court closed filing for all races in the state.
Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan also announced that she would be running for reelection to a fourth term as mayor in February. Vaughan has not yet filed. Vaughan was elected to two-year terms in 2013 and 2015 and was then elected to a four-year term in 2017. That four-year term has now been extended until after the next general election.
The NC Supreme Court ruling delayed the statewide primary from March 8 to May 17 but did not set a date for the municipal general elections or for filing to reopen for the primary.
So Robert, like everyone else who plans to run for office next year and hasn’t filed, doesn’t know when he will be able to file.
Robert is a partner and designer at QUB Studios and gained some local fame as the owner of the Daily Bread Flour Mill just south of Union Square on South Elm Street when he sued the City of Greensboro over federal grant money the city received to revitalize the area.
Robert claimed in the lawsuit that the city used the old flour mill in the applications for the grant but he received none of the funding. He later dropped the lawsuit.
Robert has been involved for years in downtown revitalization projects.
Robert is a graduate of UNCG and has an MBA from Elon.