The names of the members of the Citizens’ Redistricting Committee have been released by the City of Greensboro Legal Department.
The first meeting of the committee is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Plaza Level Conference Room at city hall. The committee meetings are open to the public.
The Greensboro City Council voted unanimously to appoint the seven-member committee at the Aug. 31 meeting without knowing the names of any of the members. The only information the City Council was provided about the committee members were there race and gender.
At the work session on Aug. 26 the City Council balked at an earlier version of the committee after the council was told that six of the seven members had been selected and there were three black males, two white females and one white male. City councilmembers didn’t vote but seemed in agreement that the committee needed at least one black female.
The seven-member committee that was approved by the City Council is made up of two white females, two black males, one black female, one Latina female and one white male. The seven organizations that each appointed one member are the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad, the Greensboro Neighborhood Congress, the Greensboro Chapter of the NAACP, the George C. Simkins Jr. Political Action Committee, the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, the Triad Real Estate and Building Industry Coalition (TREBIC) and the Greensboro International Committee.
Here are the names of the Citizens’ Redistricting Committee and a little information about each one:
Ryan Blackledge is the director of government affairs at Cone Health.
Laura Blackstock is a subject matter expert at United Health Group.
Steve Bowden is an attorney with R. Steve Bowden & Associates.
Rev. Bradley Hunt is the youth and young adult pastor at the New Light Missionary Baptist Church and president of the Greensboro Chapter of the NAACP.
Teresita Maxey is a clinical social worker at Cone Health and has degrees from both NC A&T State University and UNCG.
Marlene Sanford is president of TREBIC and announced in June that after 22 years as president she would be stepping down as soon as her replacement is hired.
Ellen Weiner is on the board of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad.