Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan is running for reelection in 2025.
Vaughan said that she wasn’t ready to make an official announcement about 2025, but when asked if she was going to run for reelection Vaughan said, “My plan is to run again.”
Vaughan said, “We’ve got so much in the works right now, we need continuity. It’s not the place for people to train on the job.”
The Toyota battery plant at the Greensboro Randolph Megasite and Boom Supersonic at the Piedmont Triad International Airport are two of the big projects mentioned by Vaughan.
Vaughan was first elected mayor in 2013, defeating incumbent Mayor Robbie Perkins. With that 2013 election, Vaughan ended a six-year stretch of one-term mayors.
Current City Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson was elected as Greensboro’s first black mayor in 2007. Keith Holliday, who served as mayor from 2001 to 2007, did not run for reelection and Johnson had no trouble getting elected.
In 2009, in what is one of the biggest upsets in Greensboro municipal election history, Johnson ran for a second term and was defeated by Bill Knight.
While Greensboro municipal elections are nonpartisan, the political affiliation of candidates is a factor in the election. Knight is a Republican and, counting Knight, the voters elected six Republicans to the City Council in 2009. They also elected Vaughan to an at-large seat on the City Council.
In 2011, Robbie Perkins, also a Republican, defeated Knight’s bid for reelection.
Vaughan won two-year terms as mayor in 2013 and 2015 and then, after voters approved a change to four years, won four-year terms in 2017 and what should have been 2021.
The 2021 City Council election was postponed, first because the US Census data was released late due to COVID restrictions. Then it was delayed again by the state legislature. So the 2021 election was finally held on July 26, 2022.
In the 2022 election, Vaughan faced her toughest opponent since defeating Perkins in 2013. Vaughan defeated former District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling by less than 500 votes out of over 32,900 votes cast.
Vaughan was first elected to the City Council in 1997 as the District 4 city councilmember, won reelection in 1999 and did not run for reelection in 2001.
After taking eight years off to be at home with her daughter, Catherine, in 2009 Vaughan reentered the political arena and won an at large seat on the City Council and served until she ran for mayor in 2013.