The Simkins PAC, which bills itself as “Guilford County’s Black PAC,” has endorsed Mayor Nancy Vaughan for reelection.
Officially it is the George C. Simkins Jr. Memorial Political Action Committee, but is often referred to simply as “The PAC” and is considered by many to be the most powerful PAC in Greensboro.
An endorsement from the Simkins PAC usually results in extremely large favorable margins for candidates in precincts in East Greensboro.
It is noteworthy that Guilford County’s Black PAC has endorsed Vaughan, a white woman, over District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling, a black man.
In the At-large City Council race, The PAC has endorsed the three incumbents: City Councilmembers Yvonne Johnson, Marikay Abuzuaiter and Hugh Holston.
Holston was appointed in September 2021 to fill the seat left vacant by Michelle Kennedy when she resigned to accept a job with the City of Greensboro.
So this is Holston’s first run for office and first endorsement by The PAC. Johnson and Abuzuaiter have been endorsed by The PAC in previous campaigns.
A surprise in the endorsements is that in District 4, The PAC has endorsed challenger Thurston Reeder over District 4 City Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann. City Council elections are nonpartisan, but Reeder recently joined the Republican Party and has also been endorsed by the Guilford County Republican Party. Reeder is the only Republican endorsed by The PAC.
In District 1, The PAC endorsed District 1 City Councilmember Sharon Hightower.
In District 2, The PAC endorsed District 2 City Councilmember Goldie Wells.
And in District 5, The PAC endorsed District 5 City Councilmember Tammi Thurm.
The PAC did not endorse in District 3, where former District 3 City Councilmember and President of Downtown Greensboro Inc. Zack Matheny is running unopposed.
The endorsements don’t go into any detail of why candidates were endorsed but the endorsement announcement states, “The Simkins Pac has researched and interviewed the below-listed endorsed candidates for our community. A number of these candidates we have supported in prior elections. Some of these candidates are incumbents; therefore, they are currently performing their duties. All endorsed incumbents deserve an additional term based on their performance. We always have focused on the community, which will never change. These endorsements continue that tradition. Our VOTE is precious, and we must utilize it effectively. Please support the following:”
SHOCKER!!!! “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
Congratulations to Thurston Reeder for the endorsement from the Simkins Pac. Thurston will work hard for all constituents in the city. He will keep a keen eye on the budget and will offer transparency in city government.
I didn’t endorse the PAC. These leftists have the cash, and the minority vote. The minority is creating Little Portland, and eventually, Big Detroit. The voters don’t have a clue – just gimme stuff.
As more & more people realize that they can’t pay for all these hand-out goodies, those that have the ability will leave Guilford County will do so. If it were just me, I would have been outta here long ago (many of you would like that).
If anyone actually reads the real news (if you can find it), they would know that the Govt. of Sri Lanka has collapsed due to inflation, and the inability to pay entitlements. The Premier has resigned, and is not being found. The Govt is moving towards a Military Dictatorship. Who will be their Maduro?
I should add that their govt had their own green new deal. Food and energy is scarce, inflation over 80%, and more. I have seen videos of the Presidential Palace, and so have many citizens. They are not happy.
This Green deal that the LEFT is shoving down our throats is nothing more than a ploy to cover up their plan to impoverish the citizens. They they will swoop in with a Savior.
“Some of these candidates are incumbents; therefore, they are currently performing their duties. All endorsed incumbents deserve an additional term based on their performance. We always have focused on the community, which will never change”
Well, they’re right on one statement, THE COMMUNITY WILL NEVER CHANGE UNDER THESE INCUMBENTS!
To state that these incumbents are performing their duties is laughable.
“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome “
Nancy Vaughn’s base is the Black voter. Why? She assures that the influential Blacks in Greensboro are taken care of. Notice, it is not the Black residents of Greensboro that are taken care of but rather the influential Blacks that can deliver the votes for Vaughn.
Crime is up in Greensboro. One would think that a well-funded and fully staffed police force would be a good idea to help reduce crime, but not Nancy Vaughn. Influential Blacks in Greensboro do not like the police so neither does Nancy Vaughn. Calling police officers racist is a really, really old appeal to prejudice against anything police.
A vote for write-in candidate, Chris Meadows, is also a vote against Nancy Vaughn.
What’s so noteworthy about the Simkins pact endorsing Mayor Vaughan over Outling ? This is not the first time the Simkins PAC has endorse a white person over a black . Why mention the two candidates race anyway . If you want to single the race of the Simkins Pact do same and address predominantly white pac as the “ White PAC” .
You must either be unable to read or unable to comprehend what you read. The first line of the story actually states: “The Simpkins PAC, which bills itself as the Guilford County Black PAC. . .” John Hammer simply repeated their own claim. You are the type of person who does not have the ability to understand simple English and therefore, when you vote, you obviously do not understand the facts to make a credible decision.
I vote my interest and you vote yours in a Democracy that what we do. Call me what you want or think .If I think the way I do don’t try to label me.You have your opinion and I have my opinion it just not the opinion your narrow mind would like to hear.
Little touchy about black pac and White Pac aren’t you Brush that chip off your shoulder and go about your business
Vaughan is now a Kardashian?
Our tax hike may be the highest in the nation. What an honor for you. Please by all means put on your crown and wear it proudly ms. Slo joe
This is not news. . . . .it would be if they supported someone else.