The United Way of Greater Greensboro has scheduled a virtual forum via Zoom for three mayoral candidates on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from noon to 1 p.m.

The three mayoral candidates who have been invited to participate are Mayor Nancy Vaughan, District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling and Eric Robert.

The only one of the three who has actually filed to run for mayor is Outling, who filed on Dec. 8, 2021.  The North Carolina Supreme Court suspended filing for all candidates on the evening of Dec. 8 when it also delayed the statewide primary from March 8 to May 17.   

Filing for the Greensboro City Council election and all other races on the statewide primary ballot is set to resume on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 8 a.m. and to end on Friday March 4 at noon.  The current schedule for the City Council election is for the primary to be on Tuesday, May 17 and the general election on Tuesday, July 26.

However, at this point the NC Supreme Court has ruled the congressional districts and the state legislative districts unconstitutional and the deadline for having new districts approved is Feb. 23, or one day before filing is set to resume.  If that deadline is not met, then filing, the statewide primary and the City Council general election could all be delayed, again.

Outling announced he was running for mayor on Dec. 17, 2020 and Vaughan announced she would be running for reelection on Feb. 13, 2021.  Robert announced his intention to run for mayor on Dec. 22, 2021, over a year after Outling’s announcement.

The election was originally scheduled for a primary on Oct. 5, 2021, and the general election on Nov. 2, 2021, but the primary was postponed by the state legislature to March 8 because the release of the 2020 Census data was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Then the NC Supreme Court postponed the primary to May 17 because of concerns about the congressional and state legislative redistricting.

The title of the United Way mayoral candidates forum is “Perspectives on Poverty and the Future of Greensboro.”

Those interested in viewing the forum can use this link to sign up: