The 2021 race is really on now.
Mayor Nancy Vaughan officially announced she was running for a fourth term as mayor of Greensboro in a video posted on her Facebook page on Saturday, Feb. 13
Vaughan became mayor in 2013 when she defeated incumbent Mayor Robbie Perkins, and she easily won reelection in 2015 over Devin King. In 2017, running for the first time for a four-year term, Vaughan defeated Diane Moffett who moved from Jamestown to Greensboro the night before she filed to run for mayor – a fact that did not help her election bid.
In 2021, it appears Vaughan will face her strongest opponent since she defeated Perkins. District 3 City Councilmember Justin Outling officially launched his mayoral bid on Dec. 17, 2020. Outling was appointed to the City Council in 2015 to serve out the term of District 3 Councilmember Zack Matheny, who resigned in order to accept the position as president of Downtown Greensboro Inc. Outling then won elections in 2015 and 2017.
Outling has council experience, but not nearly as much as Vaughan who was first elected to the City Council as the District 4 councilmember in 1997. She was reelected in 1999 and did not run for reelection in 2001. Vaughan came back in 2009 to win an at-large seat on the City Council and served until being elected mayor in 2013.
In her announcement video, Vaughan says she is running for reelection and “I am choosing Valentines Day because I love our city and I know you do too.”
In keeping with that Valentines Day theme, Vaughan says, “I will continue to lead by example and listen to the heart of the city.”
She says, “I love our city and the people who call Greensboro home.”
And she ends with, “I love all of you and this city and that’s why I’m your mayor.”
Vaughan also talks about leading the city through difficult times and says, “I’ve been your voice for better jobs, safer communities, affordable housing and equal opportunities. You know me.”
And she says, “I have without a doubt proven I know how to get things done.”
The announcement video plays right into the hands of Vaughan’s only announced opponent, Outling, who has been talking about the need for the City Council to concentrate on substance over symbolism.
In response to Vaughan’s announcement, Outling sent out a press release titled, “Sometimes Love is Not Enough.”
In that press release, Outling states, “All of us are in favor of safer streets, better housing, jobs, and a strong economy. I believe the people of this city want more than broad, sweeping statements.”
He adds, “They want substance over symbolism. Progress over promises.”
Filing for the Greensboro municipal election opens in July with a primary, if needed, in October and the general election in November.
Mandate Mayor loves you unless: you have a rooftop bar, like being in a park downtown after 11pm, beg for money, attend or have business at coliseum gun show, are a gym or bar owner, want to speak to city council, depose her for lawsuits, or don’t favor rioting and looting over law and order.
Don’t forget Mandate Mayor led the charge to restrict (illegally) Duke power tree trimming. I wonder if Duke now trims less here in Greensboro leading to these massive widespread ice storm outages.
Oh please not again Greensboro has had more than enough of nightmare Nancy and the inept council she sits with get everyone you know to vote vote twice if you have to they all have to go.
2021 Municipal Elections have been thrown into doubt they can be scheduled for November as Census redistricting data will not be released until September.
LMOA – “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice………….”
Its time for Nancy to retire or become retired!
“I love all of you… except for the White people who complained and moaned about the damage caused by rioters this past summer.”
Love is an action. Her actions are not my definition of love. I can’t believe the audacity of what I read about this Council. They have to go.
Now Nancy wants shows how she loves everyone after she shut down all the business and we are fearful for our lives due to the increasing crime rate across the city. Let’s get some yard signage – “Anyone But Nancy” to show our love for her.
Gary, I want one of those signs!!!
LOL! No seriously let’s
I’d proudly display one of those signs in my yard!!!
Does anyone have the scoop on a possible gang shooting in old Irving park this weekend? News won’t report it. John, since gso news record doesn’t report crime can you? I think the people need to hear the truth. Thanks in advance
Only about 10% of the registered voters in gso vote in city council elections. The huge majority of gso doesnt give a hoot and doesnt know who nancy or justin are. Nancy is awful and justin is too. Gso is in a race to the bottom.
Nancy Is a joke to the people of Greensboro. She loves you so much she let the rioters destroy property and did nothing about it. She loves you so much she had the terrorist group Black Lives Matter painted on the streets in downtown Greensboro. What ever happened to All lives matter ? You are supposed to be Mayor for all people! How about stay home and let Greensboro elect a Mayor who has a backbone and really cares about all the people!
She has failed at every possible metric by which leadership can and should be judged: VIOLENT CRIME/MURDER: UP, and now becoming a threat to all citizens; HOMELESSNESS: UP; VAGRANCY: UP – and not just a person who panhandles which has not really been that big of an issue, but people living/sleeping in the downtown parks, using bushes as toilets, drinking & doing drugs, and groups of 20 somethings selling drugs while older homeless citizens are beaten up by gangs of teens which supposedly do not exist; EMPTY STOREFRONTS: UP; UNEMPLOYMENT:UP; DOWNTOWN RIOTING: UP (to be fair, it was actually zero the last few years, so even one riot can really dampen the image). And really, what has Outling done to try and solve any of this? “He’s not as horrible as the current mayor” is really the best Greensboro can do? If so, I guess Greensboro has its choice to make but one would hope more competent leadership is in the city’s future.
Folks,Im fleeing to Tennessee next year,but let me give you good advice- elect Outling if you dont elect Outling,yall deserve every ill conceived nut case,lunatic thing that happens to you.
If you dont like common sense-keep going the way you are. Your mayor is a micro Nancy Pelosi.
Great she can run with Richard Burr, and using the Dominion software and still will not have a chance to fool us again , good luck.
You bet, Nancy all the way
The worst thing in the world for the City of Greensboro would be another term with Nancy Vaughn as Mayor! Please Greensboro, do the right thing and do not vote for this person to be in charge of anything, even as dog catcher!!!!
The only thing Nancy Vaughan loves is power. She has proved, without a doubt, that she knows how to get nothing done except spending taxpayer money on “feel good” projects that bring nothing to the citizens of Greensboro.
Boo! Hiss! No more! Please!
She has been the wrong person since she was in city council. She has damaged this city’s future , along with the idiots sitting on the current council, for a long time. Our city needs strong, common sense people that will stand up and do the right thing. Vote her out!
“Vaughan Loves Greensboro And Wants To Be Mayor, Again”
Lots of us love Greensboro enough that we DON’T want Nancy to be mayor, EVER again.
Outling or Vaughan. Do you choose execution by gallows or guillotine?
Unless we get serious about election cheating, this revving us up and marching to the polls to pull levers is like the steering wheel on a child’s stroller. Just something to let us tax paying peasants do to pretend we matter.
Praying someone with Constitutional values and REAL LOVE for our community will step up to the plate and run against Nancy AND Justin!!!!!!!!!!!
Go Justin! He is an attorney and tries his best to bring reason to the Council meetings but the women won’t let him. He is a gentleman and is politically savvy. People of all color will benefit from him. He will not side with only once group.
Nancy Vaughn is the sole reason why I refuse to move into the city of Greensboro proper. She is incompetent, a clear racist, and blames everyone else for her failures. She is not a good representative of the city and its residents and must go.
Are there any running for office in Greensboro? I’m tired of the mess.
Are there any republicans running for office in Greensboro?
Certainly amplifies the old question “What’s in a name”? Does anyone know if she has an expensive ice cream freezer?
HELL NO WE ARE SICK OF YOU .