The City Council will have one new face when it is sworn in on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Former District 3 City Councilmember Zack Matheny will get to remove “former” and once again be District 3 City Councilmember Zack Matheny.
Matheny had the easiest race of the election, amassing 90 percent of the vote, and easily defeated the write-in candidates who had 10 percent. Matheny’s opponent Chip Roth dropped out of the race due to health reasons, which resulted in Matheny’s name being the only one on the ballot.
All four district city councilmembers who ran for reelection won.
The closest race was in District 2 where District 2 City Councilmember Goldie Wells with 1,930 votes for 51.54 percent narrowly defeated Cecile (CC) Crawford who had 1,809 votes for 48.3 percent.
Wells was appointed to the City Council in 2017 and then won a four-year term in the 2017 election. She also served on the City Council from 2005 to 2009 when she didn’t run for reelection.
The District 5 City Council race – which many believed would be close – wasn’t.
District 5 City Councilmember Tammi Thurm with 2,891 votes for 55.83 percent defeated former District 5 city councilmember Tony Wilkins with 2,277 votes for 43.97 percent.
This was a rematch of the 2017 election when Wilkins was the incumbent and Thurm the challenger.
Wilkins announced in April 2019 that he would be running for mayor in the 2021 election, and in February 2021 Wilkins announced he would not run for mayor but would run for City Council, but he did not specify whether he would run at large or for the District 5 seat. In June 2021 Wilkins announced he would run for the District 5 seat on the City Council.
Thurm has now defeated Wilkins three times in a row. Thurm won the 2017 election, the May 17 primary and now the July 26 general election by a wider margin than the other two.
District 4 City Councilmember Nancy Hoffmann easily won reelection with 5,446 votes for 64.59 percent over Thurston Reeder with 2,952 votes for 35 percent.
Of the four councilmembers running for reelection, District 1 City Councilmember Sharon Hightower had the easiest time winning. Hightower had 3,179 votes for 77.92 percent defeating Felton Foushee who had 882 votes for 21.62 percent.
As head of a organization run on tax dollars from the downtown business district will Zack be reusing himself from votes appropriately or will the nonrecusal carousel continue here in Griftsboro? Voters must love unethical self dealers.
I have lived in GSO my entire 75 years except for my military service and can not believe how liberal this city has become. It is a statement of our times when voters are just not interested in elections or what is going on in government that control so many of our rights. The voters just handed this city council a green light to continue to raise our taxes, vote for Woke policies, not be transparent in how they run the city and to continue to donate to causes that many residents do not approve of. This council does not support our police so you better arm yourself because you are now your own best protection against law breakers.
Yep. It’s a cesspool of libtards with some corruption & racism (MWBE bs, hiring & promotional practices, preferential treatment of CBO’s, etc.) thrown in as a bonus. Nevermind pacifying the alphabet people all the time. Skip & Nancy love it. The new city manager too. They can all kick rocks as far as I’m concerned.
You are right about everything. I was born here; and have lived here most of my life. Short stints in HI, PA, NJ, VA, & SC.
I call Greensboro “Little Portland”. We have a similar number of murders per year.
North Carolina is one of the top destinations for people leaving Blue Cities & Blue States. Please don’t bring your politics with you.
Zack Matheny was a GOOD Councilman when he previously served District 3. However, I’m now wondering if his full time job won’t cause him to vote with the morons.
Insufficient support of police by City Council is a liberal thing. Northwest Greensboro, as I understand, voted for Nancy Vaughn. That suggests that this area of Greensboro is not so much concerned about crime because it does not or has not affected them yet. East Greensboro, on the other hand, is concerned about crime, with good reason. Maybe that is why their vote went to Outling.
I’m so disappointed in the city I grew up in and have lived in again for nearly a decade as an adult. Part of me wants to stay and fight for the town I love, but a bigger part of me recognizes an apathetic or woke super majority is impossible to overcome in a single lifetime. Now we spend the next couple of years planning and looking to find a new home, as we encourage our children to find greener (aka saner) pastures further from here when they are grown. We look forward to new friends and new community wherever they one day call home, but it is still sad to see a town so well run for so long fall to the incompetent. Sadder to see a majority of the community so completely apathetic to their own community, our community – 84% mostly content to complain but so detached they don’t even bother to show up and actually have a say in how their own town is run.
I hear you. What’s even more disheartening is when you uproot your life and leave your family because you just can’t live in a socialist country any more, you emigrate to America, and then you see the same thing happening here.
When Ronnie & Maggie defeated Communism and Leftism was so discredited, I felt that we had won the great battle. Now I think we have lost.
The Left is ascendant, and seemingly invincible.