The general election for the Greensboro City Council is being held Tuesday, July 26, and there continues to be a great deal of confusion among people about that date.
The general election was originally scheduled to be held in November 2021. Because the release of the 2020 Census data was delayed, the general election was postponed to April or May 2022. Then the North Carolina Supreme Court postponed the statewide and the City Council primary to May 17. The primary in the middle of May left two possibilities for the City Council general election, either July 5 or July 26, and July 26 was selected.
The predictions are that the voter turnout for the Tuesday, July 26 election will be embarrassingly low. So if you want to vote in an election where your vote really counts, this is one you don’t want to miss.
All nine current members of the Greensboro City Council will be on the ballot. Mayor Nancy Vaughan and District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling are facing each other in the mayor’s race, which means only one of them will be on the newly elected City Council.
The District 3 City Council race has already been decided because Chip Roth, who finished second in the May 17 primary, has been removed from the ballot at his request because of health issues. That leaves former District 3 City Councilmember Zack Matheny as the only candidate on the ballot for the District 3 seat. Matheny will only need to beat Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other perennial write-in favorites to win election to the City Council.
The six candidates on the ballot for the at-large City Council race in the order they finished in the primary are: City Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson, City Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter, Tracy Furman, City Councilmember Hugh Holston, Katie Rosabi and Linda Wilson. The top three finishers on July 26 will be elected to the City Council.
Holston, although an incumbent, is running in his first election. In September 2021, Holston was appointed to the seat vacated by Michelle Kennedy when she resigned to accept the position as director of the Neighborhood Development Department.
The District 1 candidates are City Councilmember Sharon Hightower and Felton Foushee.
The District 2 candidates are City Councilmember Goldie Wells and Cecile (CC) Crawford.
There was no primary in District 4 and the two candidates are City Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann and Thurston Reeder.
In District 5 the two candidates are City Councilmember Tammi Thurm and former City Councilmember Tony Wilkins.
Pending approval from the North Carolina Local Government Commission on June 7, there will be five City of Greensboro bonds on the ballot for the Tuesday, July 26 election. Voters have the opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” on each one.
The bonds are:
- $14 million Firefighting Facilities Bonds
- $6 million Law Enforcement Facilities Bonds
- $15 million Transportation Bonds
- $30 million Housing Bonds
- $70 million Parks and Recreation Bonds
Do not vote for Nancy Vaughn. She does not have leadership skills. Look at the rising crime rate in Greensboro. Look at the large settlement payouts at taxpayer expense. Do not keep voting for the wrong candidate. Try someone new even if is Justin Outling.
Mo money, mo money!!! Just where in heavens name will it all come from? Remember, these funds are on top of what will be the largest city budget EVER, with the highest property tax increase EVER!
Plus interest payments and bond obligations of $1,700,000,000, plus $800,000,000 in interest and fees.
God save us all.
I doubt that members of City Council have taken a course in economics. Imagine if Greensboro could print money like the federal government. I also doubt that the members will question the budget. How can something be questioned if not understood. The City has become top heavy. Another assistant manager is not needed. When an organization becomes top heavy, no one at the top really works.
Housing is continually talked about by the council, so 30 million for housing and 70 million for P&R. So folks with no home will sleep in the park? Once again this council has their priorities upside down. The voters need to clean house including the two running for mayor.
the pres just forgave another $5+ billion in student debt – now up to $25 billion and counting….. they are buying votes.
anyone here pay for their, or their children’s college? can we get our money back? remember all this when you vote, they will.
Go get em republicans lol