Two well-known Greensboro citizens reportedly are planning to enter Guilford County Commissioner races according to two commissioners who aren’t running again in 2020.
Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Jeff Phillips and Commissioner Hank Henning both said they anticipate the seats they are vacating at the end of 2020 will be left in capable Republican hands, voters willing.
Henning said that, when making his decision not to run again for the District 6 commissioner’s seat, he discussed his decision with former Greensboro City Councilmember Tony Wilkins, and Henning said he expects Wilkins to file to run for the seat he’s giving up.
Wilkins, the former executive director of the Guilford County Republican Party, served on the Greensboro City Council from 2012 to 2017. He was appointed to that council to fill the vacancy that occurred when then District 5 City Councilmember Trudy Wade was elected to the NC Senate and won elections in 2013 and 2015 before losing to City Councilmember Tammi Thurm in 2017. During his time on the Greensboro City Council, Wilkins was known for his conservative stands as well as his propensity to ask the questions that somebody needed to ask.
Phillips said he expects Cyndy Hayworth to file and run for the Board of Commissioners District 5 seat that he now occupies.
Hayworth is the operations manager at Phillips’ wealth management company – Midtown Financial Advisors. Before joining Midtown, she was the executive assistant to the chairman of the board of Weaver Companies, Mike Weaver. She has also served as the president and CEO of Junior Achievement of the Triad and served as a member of the Greensboro Zoning commission as well as on other commissions.
Phillips said he believes that, with her knowledge, skill and deep connections in the community, Hayworth will be a very strong candidate and an excellent commissioner if elected to fill the District 5 seat.