The current Greensboro City Council is made up of nine Democrats, and it doesn’t appear that the Democrats are in any danger of losing control of the City Council in the upcoming election, whenever it is held.
The Guilford County Republican Party held a candidates forum for Republican candidates for the Greensboro City Council and only one candidate, Katie Rossabi, who has filed to run in the at-large race, attended. Two candidates who have filed, District 5 City Council candidate Tony Wilkins and District 2 City Council candidate Latoya Gathers, both were unable to attend because of COVID-19 quarantine restrictions. District 3 City Council candidate Zack Matheny had a scheduling conflict.
But even if all four won, the Democrats would still have a five-to-four majority on the City Council. The races are technically nonpartisan, but the political party of the candidates is no secret.
Since she was the only City Council candidate at the forum, Rossabi was given five minutes to speak and then answered questions.
Rossabi said her platform had three major points, and number one was, “We have got to start supporting our police. If we don’t have a safe city, we really won’t have anything else.” She said, “The main reason we ae losing officers is we won’t pay them.”
Rossabi said that in Burlington the starting salary for police officers was $46,000 a year while in Greensboro it was $41,500, and other departments had take-home cars, which is considered a big plus.
Rossabi’s second point was supporting businesses, particularly those downtown, by taking care of the growing homeless population. She said that under the current city policy, homeless people can’t be charged with petty crimes, which gave them free run of the downtown area.
Finally, Rossabi said that she wanted to take a good look at the city budget. She said, “We have a budget of over $600 million and where is all that money going?”
Rossabi noted that the current City Council was “funneling millions of dollars into their own nonprofits with no accountability.”
The at-large City Council race is unusual. If more than six candidates file to run at large then there will be a primary, and the top six finishers will run in the general election. So the candidate that finishes sixth in the primary wins.
In the general election, the top three candidates are elected to the City Council, so a candidate can finish in third place and win, but fourth place is a loser.