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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
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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

"Greensboro council says HB 263 redistricting is partisan and racist" and comment--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
July 4th, 2015 -- 9:46 AM

"Yvonne Johnson, the long-serving and popular councilwoman who served as Greensboro’s first black mayor, says she won’t run for re-election next year. Yvonne Johnson should have been recused  from deliberations and voting  on the Civil Rights Museum issue “If they change the City Council districts and that stands, I’m not going to run again,” Johnson said Friday. The Yvonne And Walter

Greensboro council says HB 263 redistricting is partisan and racist--News&Record
July 3rd, 2015 -- 11:03 PM

GREENSBORO — Yvonne Johnson, the long-serving and popular councilwoman who served as Greensboro’s first black mayor, says she won’t run for re-election next year.

Greensboro council says HB 263 redistricting is partisan and racist--News&Record Greensboro
July 3rd, 2015 -- 11:03 PM

GREENSBORO — Yvonne Johnson, the long-serving and popular councilwoman who served as Greensboro’s first black mayor, says she won’t run for re-election next year.

Greensboro council says HB 263 redistricting is partisan and racist--News&Record Greensboro Alt
July 3rd, 2015 -- 11:03 PM

GREENSBORO — Yvonne Johnson, the long-serving and popular councilwoman who served as Greensboro’s first black mayor, says she won’t run for re-election next year.

There were 25,575 voters in Greensboro's District 8 in 2011; Analysis--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
July 3rd, 2015 -- 5:46 PM

7,305 voted in 2011 About 29% of registered voters voted in 2011's Greensboro City Council General Election 3,066 of those who voted in 2011 were Dem 3,057 of those who voted in 2011 were Rep 1,175 were Unafiliated . . 635 Black 6,549 White . . 3,858 Female 3,440 Male . . If 7,500 vote in 2015, 3751 votes wins.

N.C. State House, Senate pass Greensboro council bill--MyFOX8.com
July 2nd, 2015 -- 1:12 PM

A revised House Bill 263 has passed the state House on a 57-46 vote. The state Senate then passed the bill on a 33-16 vote. The Greensboro City Council will have a new structure for this coming election cycle. Developing …  BREAKING: HB 263 voted down 50-53. — Stephanie Ando (@Stephanie_Ando) July 2, 2015 Don't […]

It's official: State House, Senate pass Greensboro council bill (UPDATE)--News&Record Greensboro
July 2nd, 2015 -- 11:30 AM

The state Senate passed a revised House Bill 263 on a 33-16 vote. The Greensboro City Council will have a new structure for this coming election cycle.

It's official: State House, Senate pass Greensboro council bill (UPDATE)--News&Record Greensboro Alt
July 2nd, 2015 -- 11:30 AM

The state Senate passed a revised House Bill 263 on a 33-16 vote. The Greensboro City Council will have a new structure for this coming election cycle.

Wade’s ‘transmorgrified’ bill--Piedmont Publius
July 2nd, 2015 -- 10:18 AM

As the Rhino describes the latest version of House Bill 263—-formerly Sen. Trudy Wade’s Senate Bill 36 restructuring the Greensboro City Council. The latest version coming out of the joint House-Senate committee: *The council would have eight district seats. It still would not have any council members elected citywide, and the mayor still would vote […]

Melvin recognized for megasite work--The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
June 25th, 2015 -- 12:35 PM

Former Greensboro Mayor Jim Melvin was recognized this week by the Randolph County Economic Development Corp. for his efforts to ready the Liberty megasite with the goal of luring an automaker. At the Randolph EDC's 30th annual meeting this week, President Bonnie Renfro announced that Melvin has been selected as this year's Partner in Progress award winner. The annual award recognizes an individual, or a group or organization, who goes the extra mile in supporting the EDC's efforts. Renfro said…

Greensboro native selected to participate in national dairy product competition--News&Record Greensboro Alt
June 25th, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

A Greensboro native is part of a team of North Carolina State University food science graduate students who have been selected as one of the top three teams in the National Dairy Council New Product C

Greensboro native selected to participate in national dairy product competition--News&Record Greensboro
June 25th, 2015 -- 5:00 AM

A Greensboro native is part of a team of North Carolina State University food science graduate students who have been selected as one of the top three teams in the National Dairy Council New Product C

Matheny: I don’t want anyone guessing what DGI is doing--The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
June 24th, 2015 -- 2:04 PM

Zack Matheny’s first day on the job as CEO and president of Downtown Greensboro Inc. is next week, and the former city councilman has plans to raise the organization’s prominence. DGI Board Chairman Gary Brame announced last week Matheny had been selected after a national search that brought applications from 11 states. Days before that announcement, Matheny resigned from his Greensboro City Council post. Matheny begins with DGI on Wednesday. I caught up with him to get a sense of where DGI…

City, Partners Ending Homelessness Join Efforts on Veteran’s Initiative--Yes!Weekly
June 17th, 2015 -- 10:57 AM



GREENSBORO – The City of Greensboro is ramping up its fight to end veteran homelessness with the Homes for Heroes campaign, announced today as part of a joint media briefing with representatives from Partners Ending Homelessness. The initiative is part of the Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness and Zero:2016, programs designed to end veteran homelessness, as it is known today, in participating communities by the end of 2015.

Through the Homes for Heroes campaign, the City is encouraging property owners and landlords to sign up to offer housing to currently homeless veterans. Each homeless veteran will receive case management and support through organizations involved in the effort to end Vet homelessness, such as the VA and Salvation Army. It is estimated that as many as 86 Guilford County veterans will need housing over the remainder of 2015.

“In Greensboro alone, we have 47 veterans who are currently homeless (as of January 2015),” says Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence in a few weeks, it’s the perfect time to honor the men and women who have helped us maintain our freedom. Some of those folks have fallen on hard times and we owe it to them to lift them back up and, through this program, help them find housing and get back on their feet.”

Darryl Kosciak, executive director of Partners Ending Homelessness, says that there is work to be done to eradicate veteran homelessness, but that it is an attainable goal through community partnerships and determination. “As a community, we want to work toward ensuring that every veteran is placed in permanent housing,” says Kosciak. “We want to join cities like New Orleans, Salt Lake City and Phoenix that have reached ‘functional zero’ by ensuring that there is a quick resolution in place if a veteran becomes homeless.”

In January of 2015, Greensboro joined the City of Winston-Salem in signing on to the Mayors Challenge. Concurrently, Guilford County was accepted into the national Zero:2016 campaign (http://cmtysolutions.org/zero2016). Since January, 78 veterans have been placed into housing, 46 through the Salvation Army Greensboro in partnership with the Federal Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) grant, five through the VA, and 27 via other avenues to housing.

Property owners and landlords can sign up at http://www.partnersendinghomelessness.org/action to receive further information and join this effort by listing their properties for homeless veterans and their families. Representatives from Partners Ending Homelessness will contact everyone who signs up.

- a press release

Justin Outling selected as Greensboro city councilman--MyFOX8.com
June 16th, 2015 -- 6:29 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Justin Outling has been selected to be Greensboro’s newest city council member. Outling will take Zach Matheny’s spot as the new District 3 council member to serve the remainder of the term. Matheny announced he would step down at Tuesday’s meeting last week. Council voted 7-2 to appoint Outling as the new council member.

Two more candidates want to replace Councilman Zack Matheny--News&Record
June 16th, 2015 -- 8:52 AM

Two more candidates want to replace Zack Matheny when he steps down from his District 3 council seat tonight.

Two more candidates want to replace Councilman Zack Matheny--News&Record Greensboro Alt
June 16th, 2015 -- 8:52 AM

Two more candidates want to replace Zack Matheny when he steps down from his District 3 council seat tonight.

Two more candidates want to replace Councilman Zack Matheny--News&Record Greensboro
June 16th, 2015 -- 8:52 AM

Two more candidates want to replace Zack Matheny when he steps down from his District 3 council seat tonight.

News & Record: Still Covering For The Powers That Be--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
June 14th, 2015 -- 8:46 PM

Funny, they left out the reason Tim Bryson pulled out of the race: http://greensboroperformingarts.blogspot.com/…/guess-i-was-… Four candidates compete for Matheny's council seat GREENSBORO - When Zack Matheny steps down from the Greensboro City Council Tuesday, the council will immediately appoint a replacement to serve the rest of his term. www.greensboro.com
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