The endorsements of George C. Simkins Jr. Memorial PAC had at least one surprise.
It wasn’t who was endorsed as much as who wasn’t endorsed.
The Simkins PAC endorsement notice lists its chairman as Steve Bowden, and its members as Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston, Greensboro City Councilmember Yvonne Johnson, former District 1 Greensboro City Councilmember and former state Rep. Earl Jones, Greensboro City Councilmember Goldie Wells, 12th District Congresswoman Alma Adams, Guilford County Board of Education Chair Deena Hayes-Greene and Joe Williams as members.
It’s a given that the Simkins PAC is going to endorse Johnson and Wells in their City Council races.
But it was not a given that “Greensboro’s Black PAC” was going to endorse every incumbent running for reelection except one. District 4 City Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann was the only incumbent running for reelection who did not receive the Simkins PAC endorsement.
Hoffmann has been representing District 4 on the City Council since 2011 and in the past has received the Simkins PAC endorsement.
However, at the March City Council retreat when the City Council voted to allocate $2 million to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum for the proposed expansion, Hoffmann cast the lone vote against the allocation.
Hoffmann and District 3 City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Justin Outling had similar issues with the allocation. They both said that they needed more information on the financial status of the Civil Rights Museum. Outling said that he viewed the allocation as similar to an economic development incentive and asked how many jobs would be created with the expansion.
However, as he has done in the past, Outing spoke against making the allocation without the requested information and then voted in favor of the $2 million allocation.
Hoffmann at the March retreat said, “I need to look at their financials and look at those losses. As much as anyone on this council, I want the museum to be successful.”
When Hoffmann wasn’t given time to look at the financial reports from the Civil Rights Museum, she voted against the $2 million allocation.
Alston and Jones are founders of the Civil Rights Museum and Hayes-Greene has served as chairman of the board of trustees.
Hoffmann and Outling, the only two councilmembers to speak against the allocation, were also the only two councilmembers who were not endorsed by the Simkins PAC.