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