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Robbie Perkins


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Nancy Vaughan Nancy Vaughan (D), 52

Message to Voters
I have a history of fighting for what I believe in. I have never taken the easy way out. I am prepared and focused to move Greensboro in a positive direction.

Top Issues
Jobs & Economic Development: Greensboro is a resilient City. We are transitioning from our legacy employers to more diverse industry clusters. We must make sure that we have a prepared workforce and the infrastructure in place to support economic growth.

Neighborhood Stabilization We must invest in strong neighborhoods. Neighborhoods across the city deserve the same level of service and attention. Safe affordable housing, access to resources, safety and economic development.

Solid Waste Management We must find a long-term cost effective solution for our solid waste disposal. We must create and implement a plan for long-term sustainable waste management, waste reduction and recycling.

What have you done, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
I think we should revisit the Council Financial Disclosure form. Use a form similar to what is used at the state level, modified for Council business and extended to Board and Commission members.
Nancy Vaughan
Occupation: Community Volunteer
Education: Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT (1979-1981) Local interest: Impact Greensboro and Undoing Racism
Age: 52
Affiliation: Democratic

Email: VaughanforMayor@gmail.com
Phone: 336-215-0192
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Marikay Abuzuaiter Marikay Abuzuaiter (D), 59

Message to Voters
My voting record proves that I have kept my promise to listen to ALL citizens & to have all stakeholders "at the table" on issues/concerns.

Top Issues
Economic development: Council can not CREATE jobs, but creating the proper environment to attract employers should be our top priority. Site-ready acres are important, but I also believe that addressing small business concerns will, in turn, attract larger businesses.

Infrastructure and maintenance New infrastructure may attract economic development, but our current infrastructure (roads, water system, buildings) is crumbling. We MUST prioritize the maintenance for what we have before we pursue new initiatives. Businesses DO notice!

Poverty/wants and needs 20% of our children live in poverty. While we are able to raise millions for what some citizens "want" it appears to me that we should be raising millions for what we NEED. In these economic times we need to listen to what our citizens NEED!

What have you done, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
When a citizen requests information from me I have supplied it! Many times it has only been an answer to a question or direction on where to find an answer. I have never ignored a citizen request.
Marikay Abuzuaiter
Occupation: Owner, Mahi's Restaurant
Education: Graduate of Greensboro College, Impact Greensboro, Greensboro Citizens Academy, Greensboro Citizens Police Academy
Age: 59
Affiliation: Democratic

Email: Abuzuaiter@aol.com
Phone: 336-314-9620
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Mike Barber Mike Barber (D), 51

Message to Voters

Top Issues
Job Growth: It is important that we create, and market, a Greensboro that is attractive for job growth, relocation, and local investment.

Community Safety: Closely examine the metrics that reflect crime clusters and incidents and reallocate resources to address issues. Identify the top 7 or 8 commercial and entertainment districts, not simply Downtown, and provide adequate policing.

Fiscal Management: Develop monthly, simple to understand, snapshots of the metrics that measure our city's financial health. Identify and examine our unfunded future debt, such as pensions, retirements and some debt obligations. Create and implement an employee suggestion program rewarding employees monetarily for finding cost savings, as opposed to feeling obligated to spend annual budgets to receive funding the following year.

What will you do, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
Recommend utilizing key word software that places most emails on a server and available to the public, which will also reduce the high volume of public record requests and cost. Create a panel to review other correspondence and flagged emails. Create a 3rd public monthly meeting for speakers which actually allows for discussion between council members and public.
Mike Barber
Occupation: Attorney/CEO The First Tee of the Triad
Education: Grimsley High School.....UNC/UNC-G B.A. Economics/ Juris Doctorate-Campbell University5
Age: 51
Affiliation: Democratic

Email: MikeBarberlaw@aol.com
Phone: 336-580-4241

Jean Brown Jean Brown (R), 73

Message to Voters
I will represent all the citizens but especially those who believe that they do not have a voice in city government.

Top Issues
unnecessary spending The budget needs to be balanced and all expenditures that are not necessary for our city needs to be eliminated.

foolish regulations We should look at the many regulations that have taken control of our lives and brought us under government control.

Arts center We should not help finance anything that a majority of our citizens are against.

What will you do, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
Meet more directly with citizens at town meetings and listen to the advice and complaints of the people we represent
Joseph Landis
Occupation: retired
Education: Graduated from Sumner School and Rockingham Community College where I majored in Travel and Tourism. Took additional classes at GTCC where I studied Spanish.
Age: 73
Affiliation: Republican

Email: ilbez4u2c@yahoo.com
Phone: 919 904 8222

Ben Holder Ben Holder (D), 42

Message to Voters
People should vote for me because of my track record and what I have gotten accomplished. I have continuously been a positive force.

Top Issues
Hire Police Chief: According to my sources, Miller told his command staff that he was leaving on Feb 1, 2014. The incoming GPD rookie class is the last one Miller will bring in. Hiring a chief is priority 1. We need a dynamic search for a great chief.

Hire City Manager Denise Turner Roth should not be our city manager. She has had a horrendous time since she obtained the position. She has lost the trust of many staff members and is not looked favorably upon in the publics eye. Greensboro must do better.

Hire City Attorney If there is one department in the city that operates at the lowest form possible, it's the legal staff. The current attorney well, here: http://greensboro.rhinotimes.com/Articles-Articles-c-2013-03-06-215024.112113-City-to-be-more-opaque.html

What will you do, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
I have been the guiding light for Greensboro for a decade. Nobody in this city, not the media or the government, has fought for transparency and uncovered lies as successfully as I have. I do it.
Ben Holder
Occupation: Property Manager
Education: BA Salem College
Age: 42
Affiliation: Democratic

Email: benhgreensboro@aol.com
Phone: 336-988-9857
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Yvonne Johnson Yvonne Johnson (D), 70

Message to Voters
I love this city, and its people. I have served them with commitment, vision, and a deep sense of caring.

Top Issues
Jobs & Economic Development The city council should support economic development and job growth, by making sure we have site ready tracks of land, and infrastructure in place to attract new businesses to the city. We also need to continue to support our small businesses.

Good Quality of Life We need to maintain a good balance of activities ie., Arts, culture, and recreation, so the quality of life in Greensboro remains viable for our residents and others considering moving here.

Improve Public Transportation TA needs assessment should be conducted to see what is needed, and what people are not using, as well as to learn how we can better serve those who use public transportation.

What have you done, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
I have always tried to provide vital information when asked. Unless there is a personnel issue, I answer questions and share information.
Yvonne Johnson
Occupation: Non-Profit Executive Director
Education: Master\'s Degree in Counseling from NC A&T State University Honorary Doctorate from Bennett College BA in Psychology from Bennett College
Age: 70
Affiliation: Democratic

Email: Yvonne.johnson@greensboro-nc.gov
Phone: 336-255-3060
Website: www.yvonne2013.com
Yvonne Johnson website

Chris Lawyer Chris Lawyer (R), 34

Message to Voters
I want to help ensure that Greensboro is maximizing the vast potential that we have right here in our city in order to be the best we can be.

Top Issues
Budgets: We need to ensure that our budgets are focused on the needs of our city and not wants. Our budgets need to maximize efficiency in as many areas as possible. Being responsible with tax payer dollars is of the utmost importance.

Business/Jobs We need to focus on creating a business environment that is friendly and as seamless as possible for both large and small businesses. City Council can't create jobs, but it can make the environment for business as conducive as possible.

Public safety and Infrastructure. These two areas are a bedrock of city government. These are high priority areas that are a need and not a want. We must be sure that these are areas of focus rather than just another item in a budget.

What will you do, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
When we are addressing an issue there must be full disclosure available at all times. We need to be as inclusive as possible of all citizens in the governing process.
Chris Lawyer
Occupation: Physician Assistant
Education: BS in Exercise and Sports Science, James Madison University '03 Master of Physician Assistant Studies King's College '05
Age: 34
Affiliation: Republican

Email: lawyerforcouncil@gmail.com
Phone: 324-9472
Website: lawyerforcouncil.com
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T. Dianne Bellamy-Small


This candidate has filed to run for office but did not respond to multiple invitations to add their information for free to this website.

Sharon Hightower


This candidate has filed to run for office but did not respond to multiple invitations to add their information for free to this website.

Jamal Fox Jamal Fox (D), 25

Message to Voters
To become an innovative forward thinking city we must have the right blend of knowledge, experience, skills, and ideas to sustain our city.

Top Issues
Community Greensboro neighborhoods should reflect the needs of our citizens. It is critical that our community knows we care. We will strengthen our relationship, educate, and empower our citizens in hope to provide a sense of pride in their community.

Economic Development The City of Greensboro must be fiscally responsible. A responsible balanced budget is not a limitation but it is a road map to sustainable future with spending priorities established rationally and available funds allocated accordingly.

Public Safety The City of Greensboro must have a professional police force with sufficient personnel and resources to not only respond to crime in the area but also work to reduce crime in Greensboro.

What will you do, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
I will strengthen the communication between the city and community i.e. town halls.I will work hard and be accessible to hear concerns, work with the community to find solutions and build trust.
Jamal Fox
Occupation: Adjunct Professor
Education: MPA, Capella University BA in Political Science, NC A&T State University
Age: 25
Affiliation: Democratic

Email: jamal@jamalfox.com
Phone: 336-612-3653
Website: jamalfox.com
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Jim Kee Jim Kee (D), 55

Message to Voters
When I was elected to city council in 2009, district two had two million dollars of economic development investment going on. Today, district two has over three hundred million dollars of economic dev

Top Issues
Economic Development Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina in size but ranks seventh in median income. City leaders have to give primary focus to providing ways of creating and sustaining small businesses, while attracting medium to large businesses

Public Safety We have done a good job keeping crime low and providing public safety for our citizens. However, there is always room for improvement. GPD has kept crime low and is currently down nine percent year over year. Our fire department continues to be

Infrastructure Providing new infrastructure in the right areas is key to growing and sustaining this city. We have to concentrate on areas of expected growth within our city limits and adjacent to our city limits that do not have annexation constraints or where

What have you done, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
I continue to keep the citizens informed regarding proposed investments such as the performing arts center and the Florida street extension. I encourage citizen participation on all items.
Jim Kee
Occupation: Developer and property manager
Education: Bachelor of Science in Economics from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
Age: 55
Affiliation: Democratic

Email: jimkee2013@gmail.com
Phone: 336-285-8378
Website: http://votejimkee.com
Jim Kee website

Zack Matheny Zack Matheny (R), 40

Message to Voters
My hope is that the citizens of Greensboro recognize my strength as a leader on City Council, my ability to rationalize and bring common sense to issues, and asking important questions in striving us to move forward.

Top Issues
Economic development/job creatin Our region lost 90k jobs from 2000-2010, we have to do what we can in ED. I currently chair the first ever City Economic Development Task Force, where we are actively working to create solutions for our City.

Public safety Our Police and Fire departments are a major backbone for our community. We continue to work diligently to tackle issues and maintain proper levels of safety in our City. I work with the Chief's to ensure they have the tools to do the job.

Fiscal Responsibility Throughout my tenure on Council we have never raised taxes (actually we had a decrease albeit small) and we continue to make solid investments in out community. I promise to continue to be a good steward of our taxpayer dollars.

What have you done, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
Over my years on council I have gotten closed meetings taped so at sometime they can be released for public and I have argued for meetings to be open to all. I am accessible and open with all topics.
Zack Matheny
Occupation: Entrepreneur
Education: North Carolina State University
Age: 40
Affiliation: Republican

Email: zackmatheny@gmail.com
Phone: 336-686-1336
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Wendell Roth Wendell Roth (R), 47

Message to Voters
Greensboro is an awesome place to live and work and I am confident we can make it even better. If elected, I will always be approachable

Top Issues
Jobs Job creation must be placed back at the top of the City Council's priorities. We need to award more city contracts to existing Greensboro based businesses, creating local jobs and revenues. As an entrepreneur, I have learned first-hand that start

Fiscal Responsibility Greensboro has the highest tax rate and highest unemployment rate of any city in North Carolina. Greensboro's tax rate is 65% higher than Raleigh's and our unemployment rate is about 30% higher. Higher taxes mean fewer companies which mean fewer

Term Limits The best way for a city to continuously improve is to ensure a constant influx of new ideas. I will promote an extension of the city council term to four years COUPLED with a three-term limit. Serving as Mayor would also count as one of the three

What will you do, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
We need to conduct the public's business in front of the public. In addition, we need to simplify the city's accounting methods and require transparency for city funded initiatives and entities
Wendell Roth
Occupation: Entrepreneur and Consultant
Education: Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Age: 47
Affiliation: Republican

Email: wendell@wendellroth.com
Phone: 336.508.1981
Website: wendellroth.com/
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Nancy Hoffman


This candidate has filed to run for office but did not respond to multiple invitations to add their information for free to this website.

Bill Knight


This candidate has filed to run for office but did not respond to multiple invitations to add their information for free to this website.

Sal Leone Sal Leone (D), 41

Message to Voters
I am like my voters, a working and tax paying citizen.

Top Issues
The people must come first: The concept of the people first is simple but is it practiced in council. The council seems to give who they want loans. There always seems to be a conflict with council and anyone in real estate. The council needs to listen more often.

Unemployment: I am not sure council is aware of the unemployment rate. The number seems to stay in the same range for years.

Poverty : The rate is high in the Greensboro area but all I hear is talk. There are some lost council people. The council wants to spend millions on GPAC, millions on forgiveable loans, but children go hungry, the IRC is under funded.

What will you do, specifically, to increase transparency in city government?
The answer is to involve the community in major votes, community meetings for public feedback.
Sal Leone
Occupation: Law Enforcement
Education: AAS degree, over a 120 credits total. I have over 600 hours in FEMA traing, hundreds of other hours in law enforcement training, Advance law enforcement certification, general instructor for law enforcement.
Age: 41
Affiliation: Democratic

Email: Vote4leone@gmail.com
Phone: 336 554-5555
Website: www.leoneforcouncil.com
Sal Leone website

Tony Wilkins


This candidate has filed to run for office but did not respond to multiple invitations to add their information for free to this website.

Blogs & News

Candidates in the news and local blogs

Other traits outrank business experience--News&Record Greensboro
February 26th, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

It’s been suggested that changing the City Council election format will encourage business leaders to run. Some say that, unless you have business savvy, you “can’t get your head around” things like h

Other traits outrank business experience--News&Record Greensboro Alt
February 26th, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

It’s been suggested that changing the City Council election format will encourage business leaders to run. Some say that, unless you have business savvy, you “can’t get your head around” things like h

Was Robbie Perkins Involved In The Scarfone Cone Denim Entertainment Center?--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
February 21st, 2015 -- 10:45 AM

Google the phrase, "Burlington Industries (landlord representation for assumption and assignment of corporate office to W.L.Ross entity)(C-11)" and you'll find lots of references to none other than Greensboro attorney, Christy Myatt. Who is Christy Myatt you ask? None other than the woman who then Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins left his wife and family for before loosing the election to Nancy

Inside Scoop: Former councilwoman on the "elegance" of two-year terms--News&Record Greensboro
February 20th, 2015 -- 1:07 PM

In all the hoopla surround the proposed Greensboro City Council changes, there seems to be some general agreement from current and former elected leaders on at least one piece: longer terms for city c

Inside Scoop: Former councilwoman on the "elegance" of two-year terms--News&Record Greensboro Alt
February 20th, 2015 -- 1:07 PM

In all the hoopla surround the proposed Greensboro City Council changes, there seems to be some general agreement from current and former elected leaders on at least one piece: longer terms for city c

Legislature controls from the top down--News&Record Greensboro
February 20th, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

As she proposes to shrink Greensboro’s City Council, Trudy Wade says she represents business interests. Surely not all of them. Of course, business employees do not elect their CEO or vote on company

Legislature controls from the top down--News&Record Greensboro Alt
February 20th, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

As she proposes to shrink Greensboro’s City Council, Trudy Wade says she represents business interests. Surely not all of them. Of course, business employees do not elect their CEO or vote on company

Mike Barber; “Some of the very people who will now likely run for some of these districts sat around a conference room table in downtown Greensboro and helped draw the districts."--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
February 19th, 2015 -- 3:46 PM

"At least one sitting council member said he believes that Wade drew the map in consultation with candidates she would like to see run. “The most disgusting part of this proposal is the districts were created to benefit political supporters,” Councilman Mike Barber said last week. “Some of the very people who will now likely run for some of these districts sat around a conference room table in

Rhino Roy Carroll Redistricting Spin Watch, by John Hammer--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
February 19th, 2015 -- 9:45 AM

"...It was odd that during the meeting with the council, with all the players in one room, the issue of Senate Bill 36 – which changes the way the City Council is elected – barely came up. ...The councilmembers theoretically are the leaders of the community.  How can you lead if you are scared to death to have a discussion with somebody because you might disagree?  If any further proof was

While Wade is at it ...--News&Record Greensboro Alt
February 17th, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Since state Sen. Trudy Wade has proposed sweeping changes to the way our City Council is elected, I feel it is a good time to discuss other considerations concerning elected officials.

While Wade is at it ...--News&Record Greensboro
February 17th, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Since state Sen. Trudy Wade has proposed sweeping changes to the way our City Council is elected, I feel it is a good time to discuss other considerations concerning elected officials.

"Charlotte has a council-manager form of government."--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
February 15th, 2015 -- 4:46 AM

"The Mayor and city council are elected every two years, with no term limits. The mayor is ex officio chairman of the city council, and only votes in case of a tie. Unlike other mayors in council-manager systems, Charlotte's mayor has the power to veto ordinances passed by the council; vetoes can be overridden by a two-thirds majority of the council. Unlike some other cities and towns in North

Jim Melvin: If it ain’t broke, why is Wade trying to fix it?--News&Record Greensboro Alt
February 15th, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

When asked if he intended to attend a public meeting last week about proposed new changes to city elections in Greensboro, the first mayor in the city elected directly by the people, some 42 years ago

Jim Melvin: If it ain’t broke, why is Wade trying to fix it?--News&Record Greensboro
February 15th, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

When asked if he intended to attend a public meeting last week about proposed new changes to city elections in Greensboro, the first mayor in the city elected directly by the people, some 42 years ago

Oligarchy Regards Wade's Bill as a Challenge--Triad Conservative
February 13th, 2015 -- 9:46 PM

In Greensboro, we are governed by an oligarchy. When North Carolina Senator Trudy Wade introduced her bill that would change the structure of the city council, it was not really a matter of Democrat vs. Republican. Remember, the city council elections are non-partisan. In addition, one of the most vocal...
      

Susan Ladd: Here's how you can make a difference--News&Record Greensboro Alt
February 13th, 2015 -- 5:30 AM

You’ve no doubt noticed that I encourage readers to make their opinions known to various elected bodies, from city council to the state legislature.

Susan Ladd: Here's how you can make a difference--News&Record Greensboro
February 13th, 2015 -- 5:30 AM

You’ve no doubt noticed that I encourage readers to make their opinions known to various elected bodies, from city council to the state legislature.

What does Skip Alston lying to Greensboro's African American community sound like?--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
February 12th, 2015 -- 3:46 AM

"Two of Greensboro’s biggest political power brokers are already looking for people to run for City Council if it is restructured.   ...there already is heavy speculation about who might run in the newly proposed districts and whether they were drawn to favor certain candidates. Former Guilford County Commissioner Melvin “Skip” Alston, a Democrat, and prominent real estate developer Roy Carroll,

City Hosts Guilford County Legislative Delegation February 12--Yes!Weekly
February 10th, 2015 -- 11:20 AM

"City of Greensboro residents will have the opportunity to meet with locally-elected members of the North Carolina legislature during the Guilford County Legislative Delegation’s public forum Thursday, February 12. The public forum portion of the meeting begins at 7 pm in the Council Chamber of the Melvin Municipal Office Building, 300 W. Washington St.

Greensboro residents are invited to the meeting to express ideas and concerns related to state government. Representatives from the ten-member delegation will be in attendance to listen to residents.


The forum will be broadcast delayed on Greensboro Television Network with airings of the event pre-empted by live coverage of the Guilford County Commissioner’s meeting. The program will air on GTN February 13-15 and a link to the broadcast will be available on the City’s website at www.greensboro-nc.gov."

- A Press Release
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