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Robbie Perkins

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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

Phone: 336-255-3060
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

Phone: 324-9472
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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

Phone: 336-612-3653
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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

Phone: 336-285-8378
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

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

Phone: 336.508.1981
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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

Phone: 336 554-5555
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

Matheny FEC Report Shows Strong Support: $107K Cash on Hand, $165K Raised in the First-Quarter, $206K Raised to Date--Yes!Weekly
April 16th, 2014 -- 12:35 PM


"The Matheny for Congress campaign filed its first-quarter FEC fundraising report yesterday showing $107,221 cash on hand, $165,618 raised in the first-quarter, and $206,040 in total receipts for the campaign to date. The campaign also reported over 335 new donors for the quarter. 
“This strong fundraising report demonstrates that we have the financial support necessary to continue spreading our message that ‘Jobs Are The Focus’ and offer voters a clear conservative choice at the polls on May 6th,” said Zack Matheny.
Matheny outraised his nearest competitor, Phil Berger, Jr., by $57,047.09 in the first-quarter and reported more cash on hand than any other candidate in the race to replace Howard Coble as Congressman in North Carolina’s 6th District.

Zack Matheny has served on the Greensboro City Council for six years and in November was elected to his fourth term. He is the President of White Oak Capital, a firm he founded in 2012 to promote investment and economic development in North Carolina. Previously, Matheny held roles at Bell Partners, A. G. Edwards, and Cone Mills.

Zack graduated from N.C. State University in 1996 with a degree in Textile Management. His wife Lauren and three children, Cam, William, and Lily Grace remain his biggest supporters. More information can be found at"
A Press Release

Campaign reports shed light on Matheny's nonsensical Obamacare objection--Roch101
April 16th, 2014 -- 9:45 AM

GREENSBORO, NC -- Last week I wondered why my Greensboro City Council district representative and congressional candidate Zack Matheny, in explaining his opposition to Obamacare, touted medical testing company LabCorp as a good example of keeping government out of health care delivery, even though, as it turns out, LabCorp is the single largest recipient of Medicare funds in the state, getting some $157 million in government payments in 2012.

Why would Zack have explained his position on government involvement in health care by offering an example that so contradicts his position?

I think I know the answer now. From Matheny's campaign finance report's list of contributors:

$5,000 from LabCorp's political action committee, the maximum legally allowed.

Charlotte's Campaign Finance Woes Plague Greensboro As Well--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
April 15th, 2014 -- 10:47 AM

Keith Brown's writings of the problems with campaign transparency in Charlotte that are being made public by the recent arrest of former Charlotte Mayor Cannon bring striking similarities to events in Greensboro over the course of the last few election cycles: "Obviously Director Michael Dickerson needs to understand campaign finance and what needs to be reported on the reports that come into

Matheny's rationale for Obamacre objection subverted--Roch101
April 12th, 2014 -- 12:45 PM

GREENSBORO, NC -- I recently noted that my district city council representative Zack Matheny, who is also running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, is no longer saying on his campaign website that Obamacare should be repealed, as he had in January.

He continues to call it "bad policy" and claims that it "hurts far more people than it helps," but gone is the call for its repeal. Here is how he explains his view now, emphasis added:
"'Obamacare' is a bad policy that hurts far more people than it helps and represents the much bigger problem of overregulation and government intrusion into the lives of US citizens. Companies right here in the 6th district like LabCorp have shown that we can deliver health care services in a cost-efficient manner without getting in-between (sic) you and your doctor."
Aside from the fact that Obamacare is just a means to enroll more people in private health insurance—hardly the "gov'ment" getting between you and your doctor— the News & Record revealed today that LabCorp is the largest single recipient of Medicare payments in the state of North Carolina.

That's right, Zack's example of an alternative to Obamacre thrives because it receives more payments from the government than any other doctor, practice, hospital or health care provider in the state.

I guess Zack didn't look into that.

So a guy could bring 400 jobs tomorrow…--Piedmont Publius
April 12th, 2014 -- 10:14 AM

N&R reports on the ever-evolving $1 million economic development contest that council member Tony Wilkins described as a “mess.” But more interesting was the unposted sidebar where council member and 6th District Congressional candidate Zack Matheny calls out county commissioners for Gboro’s lack of economic development: And, Matheny said, a mostly conservative Guilford County Board […]

6th Congressional District: Does Matheny Steal Jobs From One Part of District to Help Another?--Triad Conservative
April 12th, 2014 -- 9:47 AM

Greensboro City Council member Zack Matheny is a candidate for the Republican nomination to run for the 6th Congressional District seat. He has recently unveiled a key part of his campaign strategy: "Jobs are the Focus". Billboards are blaring this campaign message; and there is also a new TV commercial....

Capital Tonight April 9: Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter--News 14 - TOP STORIES
April 9th, 2014 -- 6:44 PM

On Capital Tonight: We talk with newly-appointed Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter. Our Advocates Becki Gray and Rob Schofield debate the economy as the top issue in the miderm elections.

Just Say No To Cambistat--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
April 9th, 2014 -- 10:47 AM

There are no easy solutions to saving Greensboro's trees. Greensboro Mayor Nancy Barakat Vaughan used the Duke Energy, Greensboro tree issue as a springboard last year to boost her popularity and help her win the election only to have it come back and bite her in the butt this year with the City of Greensboro's new tree rules failing to pass muster with the North Carolina State Utilities

Where does Zack Matheny stand on Obamacare?--Roch101
April 9th, 2014 -- 8:45 AM

GREENSBORO, NC -- Greensboro city council representative and sixth district congressional candidate Zack Matheny appears to have shifted his position on Obamacare. In January of this year, he wanted to repeal it. He said on his website then, in no uncertain terms:
"Congress must repeal Obamacare."
Matheny's campaign website, January 9, 2014
Yesterday, the Rand Corporation announced these results of their study of the effects of Obamacare:
"At least 9.3 million more Americans have health insurance now than in September 2013, virtually all of them as a result of the law."
That prompted me, an unaffiliated voter in Matheny's council district and the sixth congressional district, to email Matheny a link to the Rand study and ask why he opposed the law and if his opposition wasn't just pandering. (His campaign rhetoric is a departure from from the moderate he appeared to be while serving on city council, so it's hard to know if we are seeing the real Matheny now or if he's just trying to push the right buttons to improve his chances in the Republican primary.)

I also revisited his website and found he had changed his language on Obamacre. He now says this:
"'Obamacare' is a bad policy that hurts far more people than it helps and represents the much bigger problem of overregulation and government intrusion into the lives of US citizens. Companies right here in the 6th district like LabCorp have shown that we can deliver health care services in a cost-efficient manner without getting in-between (sic) you and your doctor. Let’s go back to the adage that government works best when it governs least." 
Aside from the question of just how LabCorp, a medical testing lab, is an example of whatever it is Matheny has in mind for health care, gone is the previous specific language about repealing Obamacare. There is no longer any mention of repeal on his website.

I haven't heard back from Matheny yet, and will post his reply if I do.

Zack Matheny’s campaign ad--Piedmont Publius
April 8th, 2014 -- 5:56 PM

Heard the 6th Congressional District candidate and Greensboro City Council member’s radio ad in the car; here’s his TV ad.

City Council Taps Tom Carruthers as Interim City Attorney--Yes!Weekly
April 8th, 2014 -- 4:13 PM

"Greensboro City Council has selected Tom Carruthers (photo attached) to replace Terry Wood as interim city attorney. Wood stepped down today after serving as interim city attorney since February 26, 2014. Carruthers’ contract starts Wednesday, April 9, and Council will officially vote to affirm his hire during its April 15 meeting.

Carruthers has been an assistant city attorney for Greensboro since 2009. According to Mayor Nancy Vaughan, Council chose Carruthers because of his understanding of current issues facing the City. “We’re excited to have Tom move into the lead position in the attorney’s office,” says Vaughan. “From a legal aspect, there’s not much that has occurred in the City over the last several months that Tom has not been involved in and his leadership has been appreciated. That leadership is what we are looking for from him in the near future as he works to bolster the attorney’s office to enhance the service it provides to City Council and the City’s departments.”

This is Carruthers’ second stint as interim city attorney, having briefly served in the capacity in June of 2011. Before joining the City of Greensboro in 2009, Carruthers was an assistant district attorney for Guilford County for three years. He was in private practice for 20 years prior to his public work, serving as a litigator for a broad range of clients.

Terry Wood completes his latest run as city attorney after temporarily filling the role over the last several weeks to oversee the office during its transition in leadership. Wood retired as city attorney in 2010 after serving in the City’s legal department for 24 years."
Release submitted by the City of Greensboro

Matheny for Congress Releases New Campaign Ad: Jobs are the Focus--Yes!Weekly
April 8th, 2014 -- 12:56 PM


"The Matheny for Congress campaign today released its first ad of the primary election campaign. The new ad, “Jobs are the Focus,” underscores Zack’s experience and commitment to creating jobs for the residents of North Carolina’s 6th District.
The ad specifically highlights Zack’s experience as a small business owner and Greensboro City Councilman where he has balanced 6 city budgets, decreased property taxes, founded Greensboro’s Economic Development Committee, and has been directly involved with the creation of over 4000 jobs in the region.

The full script of the ad is below and the ad can be viewed HERE.

Zack: I’m Zack Matheny and I approve this message.                      
As a Greensboro City Councilman and small-business owner, I have worked diligently to promote economic development and create jobs in our region.
When elected to Congress, I will bring my regional approach to job creation to life for everyone in this area.
I will not rest until everyone who wants a job can find one -- so that everyone who still believes in the American Dream can have the opportunity to see that dream fulfilled.
VO: Learn more about Zack Matheny’s 5-Point Plan for Job Creation at


Find out more about Zack Matheny’s 5-Point Plan for Job Creation at

About Zack Matheny
Zack Matheny has served on the Greensboro City Council for six years and in November was elected to his fourth term. He is the President of White Oak Capital, a firm he founded in 2012 to promote investment and economic development in North Carolina. Previously, Matheny held roles at Bell Partners, A. G. Edwards, and Cone Mills.

Zack graduated from N.C. State University in 1996 with a degree in Textile Management. His wife Lauren and three children, Cam, William, and Lily Grace remain his biggest supporters. More information can be found at"
Submitted Press Release

April 7th, 2014 -- 4:49 PM

Jurors include filmmakers, animators

"The RiverRun International Film Festival, which runs April 4-13, 2014, today released its full lineup of jurors for the 16th annual Festival. These industry professionals will be responsible for evaluating the films from RiverRun’s competitive categories and selecting the films and filmmakers to receive jury prizes. This year’s competitive sections include Documentary Feature, Narrative Feature, Animated Shorts, Narrative Shorts and Documentary Shorts.

This year, RiverRun’s narrative and documentary juries include a broad cross-section of film industry veterans, including filmmakers: Andrea Arnold, Barry Jenkins and Andrey Paounov; writers/critics: Mike D’Angelo, Marjorie Baumgarten and Jeremy Kay; film festival programmers: Erik Jambor, David Wilson and Ben Fowlie; scriptwriting consultant Jennine Lanouette and Matt Graham from PBS. RiverRun will also include a film student from an area university on each of its juries. This year, students from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro will be represented. Additionally, the 2014 animation jury includes Linda Beck, Gary Schwartz and Kelsey Stark. All of RiverRun’s jurors will be on-site during the Festival to evaluate and discuss the films in their respective sections.

“We are excited about the array of talent and experience contained on our 2014 juries,” said RiverRun’s Executive Director, Andrew Rodgers. “We think we’ve put together a tremendous mix of film industry veterans, comprising a wide array of backgrounds and expertise, to evaluate our films this year.”

Jury awards will be announced at 3:00pm on Sunday, April 13 at a private Festival ceremony. Here is a list of all the professional jurors serving at this year’s Festival:

Filmmaker ANDREA ARNOLD was born in Dartford, England. She studied at the American Film Institute. Her short film Wasp (2003) won the Academy Award for best live-action short. Both her first and second feature films, Red Road (2006) and Fish Tank (2009) respectively, were awarded the prestigious Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Fish Tank also brought home a BAFTA for outstanding British film. Her film Wuthering Heights screened at RiverRun in 2012.

MIKE D’ANGELO was among the first handful of people to begin writing regular movie reviews on the Internet, having created his site The Man Who Viewed Too Much in the summer of 1995, while still an undergrad at New York University. He later became the chief film critic for Time Out New York (2000-2004), wrote a monthly film column for Esquire (2004-2008), and launched a biweekly column, Scenic Routes, for The A.V. Club (2009-present). Currently, Mike is a critic for the Las Vegas Weekly, for which he's been writing since 2005, and is a regular contributor to The A.V. Club and Pitchfork Media’s The Dissolve.

BARRY JENKINS is an award-winning filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. He worked as an assistant on Their Eyes Were Watching God. His feature film debut, Medicine for Melancholy, was released in theaters by IFC Films and hailed as one of the best films of 2009 by A.O. Scott of The New York Times. In 2010, Jenkins co-founded the commercial collective Strike Anywhere Films. A nominee for several Spirit and Gotham Awards, Jenkins’ recent projects include the shorts Tall EnoughA Young CoupleRemigration and Chlorophyl. In addition to being a curator and presenter at the Telluride Film Festival, he is a United States Artists Smith Fellow and was recently named one of the 20 Directors to Watch in world cinema by The New York Times.

MARJORIE BAUMGARTEN is a film critic and Senior Editor at The Austin Chronicle, where she has worked in many capacities since its founding in 1981. She has been the Chronicle's Film Reviews editor for the last 25 years. Baumgarten has served on past festival juries at the Seattle and Slamdance Film Festivals, and is a member of the Austin Film Critics Association and the Association of Women Film Journalists.

ANDREY PAOUNOV graduated from the Bulgarian National Academy for Theater and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is a writer and director best known for his documentary feature films. His debut film Georgi and the Butterflies won the Silver Wolf at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. His second feature The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories was included in the 46th International Critics' Week of the Cannes Film Festival 2007. The Boy Who Was a King premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Best Documentary Feature Jury Award at RiverRun in 2012.

DAVID WILSON, together with Paul Sturtz, founded the Ragtag Film Society in 1998, the Ragtag Cinema in 2000 and the True/False Film Fest in 2004, where they continue to serve as Co-Conspirators. As Director of True/False, David has been invited to fests around the world to serve as a panelist, moderator and juror. He has also served as a consultant for the Creative Capital Foundation, the LEF Moving Image Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. As a filmmaker, David had his national television premiere on POV on PBS, and premiered his first feature, We Always Lie to Strangers, at SXSW in 2013. Wilson is a 1996 graduate of Hampshire College in Massachusetts and a lifelong resident of Columbia, Missouri.

ERIK JAMBOR co-founded the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, serving as Director for its first eight years. In 2007 he moved to Bend, Oregon, to run the BendFilm Festival. Since 2008, Erik has served as Executive Director of Indie Memphis, which runs year-round programming and special events, including the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. Erik has served on numerous film festival juries, including SXSW, Slamdance, Atlanta, Nashville and the Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy.

JENNINE LANOUETTE is a story consultant, screenwriting lecturer and blogger. She has lectured at Lucasfilm and Pixar at The New School and School of Visual Arts in New York. Her clients include Pixar, Independent Television Service, Film Arts Foundation, Squaw Valley Community of Writers and others. Currently, she is converting her screenplay analysis lectures into a series of multimedia e-books that will feature video, audio, photo galleries and interactive charts in a new media-rich learning experience.

JEREMY KAY is the U.S. editor of Screen International, covering all business aspects of the global independent film industry. Born in London and currently residing in Los Angeles, Kay regularly travels to the world's leading festivals at Cannes, Berlin and Toronto and is a frequent panel moderator at industry events and speaker at colleges. He has written for The Guardian, Time Out and other publications on film, news and sport.

BEN FOWLIE is the Founder of the Camden International Film Festival and Points North Doc Forum. Now in its eighth year, the Festival is recognized as one of the top 25 international documentary festivals in the world, and one of the twelve best small town film festivals in the U.S. He currently sits on the industry advisory board and nominating committee for the Cinema Eye Honors, and is a co-founder and programmer for The DocYard, an award-winning bi-weekly screening series held at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MATTHEW GRAHAM has more than 17 years of experience in commercial and non-commercial content development, production, acquisition and distribution. He founded and is currently Senior Director of PBS Digital Studios—winner of 5 Webby awards and home to hit properties like IdeaChannel and PBS Icons Remixed. They commission, produce, and distribute the world's most awesome public media videos. Their first viral hit, the Mister Rogers Remix "Garden of Your Mind," hit #1 on YouTube and has been streamed more than 9 Million times

LINDA BECK is a Producer and Development Scout with a passion for connecting artists and executives. She has produced content for children (Nickelodeon, Disney) and adults (History Channel, A&E, PBS) and is equally at home in both animation boutiques and major networks. Beck is Co-President of ASIFA-East, the east coast chapter of the International Animated Film Association.

GARY SCHWARTZ is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, award-winning animator, director, artist and educator.  Through his company, Single Frame Films, Gary produced, designed and directed animation for Disney, Sesame Street, MTV, Fox Television, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and others. Mr. Schwartz is currently Lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design. His kinetic cinema sculptures, installations and films have been exhibited in major museums and galleries internationally.

KELSEY STARK is an award-winning artist and animator whose work pushes the boundaries of storytelling. She uses a blend of traditional and experimental forms of animation to create the textural and visceral imagery that comprises her work, and draws from the poetry of human fear and ennui to generate the content for her art. In addition to creating her own films, Kelsey works in the animation industry, bringing an unconventional approach to many commercial and independent documentary projects.

AUGGIE HESCHMEYER, JUSTIN HOOVER, SPENCER LUCAS of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, SIERA SCHUBACH of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and ANNIE DANZI, CHARLOTTE BROWN, and KELLY MCKENNA of Wake Forest University Documentary Film Program,

SPONSORS: The sponsors of the 2014 RiverRun International Film Festival help sustain the organization's mission to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers. Festival sponsors include: Title Sponsors: The Arts Council of Winston Salem and Forsyth County, Reynolds American, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Presenting Sponsors: City of Winston-Salem, Millennium Fund; Marquee Sponsors: Flow Companies, Elephant in the Room, John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation, Wells Fargo, Hanesbrands Inc.; Premiere Sponsors: Wake Forest University, JDL Castle Corporation, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Visit Winston-Salem and Kilpatrick Design.

TICKETS AND INFO: Tickets are on sale at the Stevens Center box office, via or over the phone (336-721-1945). It is recommended to purchase tickets in person or over the phone to avoid third-party handling fees. For up-to-date information, or for details about volunteering at the Festival, visit or call 336-724-1502."
Submitted Press Release

Alma Adams Continues Strong Fundraising Efforts--Yes!Weekly
April 7th, 2014 -- 12:27 PM

Rep. Adams raises over $150,000 as
her momentum continues to build

"Continuing her impressive fundraising pace, Democratic Congressional Candidate Alma Adams announced today that the campaign had raised over $150,000 in the first quarter of 2014.  The campaign, considered by many as the early favorite in the race to succeed Mel Watt in North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District, also reported a cash-on-hand of nearly $114,000.
 Through the end of March, the Alma Adams campaign has raised a total of over $348,000.
 “I’ve been humbled by the outpouring of support from across this district,” said Rep. Adams. “From Charlotte to Greensboro and everywhere in between, people are coming together to elect a strong new voice to Congress. I’m honored to have their support.”
 Adams fundraising success is just the latest sign of the campaign’s growing momentum.  In March polling numbers showed Adams holding a 7-point lead over her nearest opponent, and in recent weeks the Adams campaign launched a series a district-wide mailers highlighting her efforts to raise the minimum wage and improve education across the state. 
“In the past 3 months we’ve knocked on over 10,000 doors, raised $150,000, built a strong lead in the polls, and we’re just getting started” said Adams’ Campaign Manager Kyle Gott. “Alma Adams has the support, the momentum, and an unparalleled dedication to the people of the 12th District that it will take to win this race.”
Alma Adams (D-Greensboro) is a North Carolina State Representative and has spent the last two decades in the General Assembly leading the fight to raise the minimum wage, protect the reproductive rights of women, and increase North Carolina’s investment in education.  Prior to her time in the General Assembly, Alma was the first African American woman elected to the Greensboro City School Board, and would later serve on the Greensboro City Council. Alma is a former educator, a mother of two, and an active member of the New Zion Baptist Church. Her campaign for Congress has been endorsed by numerous community leaders and organizations, including EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the AFL-CIO, and the North Carolina Association of Educators."
Submitted by Kyle Gott

Capital Tonight April 2: Candidates in US Senate GOP primary debate--News 14 - TOP STORIES
April 2nd, 2014 -- 6:14 PM

On Capital Tonight: We announce which US Senate GOP candidates are invited to the Time Warner Cable News/Charlotte Observer Debate on April 22. We talk with political communication experts on what to expect from the debate, and former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker talks about his potential run for governor in 2016.

Capital Tonight April 2: Candidates in US Senate GOP primary debate--News 14 - TOP STORIES
April 2nd, 2014 -- 6:14 PM

On Capital Tonight: We announce which US Senate GOP candidates are invited to the Time Warner Cable News/Charlotte Observer Debate on April 22. We talk with political communication experts on what to expect from the debate, and former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker talks about his potential run for governor in 2016.

Alma Adams Unveils Impressive List of Endorsements--Yes!Weekly
April 2nd, 2014 -- 5:15 PM

Endorsed by over 20 organizations
and over 50 respected leaders

By Kyle Gott
Today, Alma Adams released her list of endorsements from organizations and community leaders. They include progressive organizations, women’s groups, organized labor, medical associations, and over 50 respected community leaders.  This is the latest wave of momentum the Alma Adams campaign has received after releasing a poll showing her leading the field in the 12th Congressional District race. Adams leads by +7% over the entire field.

State Auditor Beth Wood stated, “Alma Adams is a proven leader with integrity. She is someone who will fight for what she believes in. She doesn’t play political games, she does what is right. Adams delivers what she promises, and you can count on her to get the job done.  She is exactly the type of leader we need in Congress right now, and that’s why I proudly endorse her in North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District race.”

Wood continued, “And please know that I don’t take my endorsements lightly. I have only ever endorsed two other candidates in my career, but I feel so strongly about Alma Adams that I needed to make it known. I urge everyone to support this remarkable woman in her bid for Congress. Adams will make our state and our country proud.”

Former Lt. Governor Dennis Wicker added, “Alma Adams has been a tireless worker and champion for her constituents in the North Carolina General Assembly. I am confident she will take that same work ethic to Congress and move North Carolina forward.”

State Senator Earline Parmon stated, "Representative Alma Adams is the right person for the 12th Congressional district. Not only is she a strong voice on all of the right issues, she has been a leader and has fought for policies on Education, Healthcare, the Environment, Women's health, and a livable wage. As an experienced policy maker she will hit the ground working on behalf of the citizens of the 12th Congressional district and North Carolina." 

Alma Adams excitedly responded, “This is another great day for our campaign. I am honored to have earned the support and trust of so many worthy organizations and respected leaders. With their help, I will go to Washington and stand up to the Tea Party extremists who are hurting our families here in North Carolina. We are going to win this election and send a strong voice for our working people and our families to Congress.”

The full list of endorsements:

American College of Radiology Association
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American Medical Association
American Postal Workers Union
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Communication Workers of America
Emily’s List
Feminist Majority
NARAL, Pro-Choice America
National Organization for Women
National Women’s Political Caucus
North Carolina Association of Educators
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina
Progressive Kick Super PAC
Sheet Metal Workers
United Auto Workers
Women’s Campaign Fund

Greensboro Councilwoman Marikay Abuzuaiter
Guilford County School Board Member Sandra C. Alexander
Former Greensboro Mayor Carolyn Allen
Lexington City Councilman D. Linwood Bunce II
Guilford County Commissioner Kay Cashion
Former Congresswoman Eva Clayton
Guilford County Commissioner Carolyn Q. Coleman
Former Rep. Linda Coleman
Guilford County School Board Member Darlene Garrett
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Former Sen. Katie Dorsett
Rep. Rick Glazier
Rep. George Graham
Former Greensboro City Councilwoman Sandra Anderson Groat
Minority Leader, Rep. Larry Hall
Rev. Sekinah Hamlin
Rep. Pricey Harrison
Greensboro City Councilwoman Sharon Hightower
Greensboro City Councilwoman Nancy Hoffman
Forsyth County Retired ABC officer Harry James
Former Rep. Maggie Jeffus
Greensboro Mayor Pro Tempore Yvonne Johnson
Former Rep. Annie Brown Kennedy
Former Forsyth County Democratic Party Chair Harold Kennedy III
Harvey and Pat Kennedy
Rep. Marvin Lucas
Dr. Julianne Malveaux, former President of Bennett College
Forsyth County Commissioner Walter Marshall
Former Rep. Mary McAllister
Former President of High Point NAACP Raymond McAllister
Rep. Mickey Michaux
Sen. Earline Parmon
Former Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins
Lexington City Councilman E. Lewis Phillips
Rep. Garland Pierce
Rep. Joe Sam Queen
Guilford County Board of Education Member Amos Quick III
Mecklenburg County Commissioner Kim Ratliff
Rep. Bobbie Richardson
Sen. Gladys Robinson
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
Rep. Evelyn Terry
Guilford County Register of Deeds Jeff Thigpen
Former Sen. Don Vaughan
Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan
Former Rep. Jennifer Weiss
Former Greensboro City Councilwoman Joanne White
Former Lt. Governor Dennis Wicker
Former Rep. Larry Womble
State Auditor Beth Wood

Former Winston-Salem Mayor Martha Wood

Inside Scoop: City Council goes paperless--News&Record Greensboro Alt
March 31st, 2014 -- 12:58 PM

The Greensboro City Council agenda has a new look and feel -- thanks to a new electronic agenda program.

Inside Scoop: City Council goes paperless--News&Record Greensboro
March 31st, 2014 -- 12:58 PM

The Greensboro City Council agenda has a new look and feel -- thanks to a new electronic agenda program.
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