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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

Greensboro City Council reschedules meeting due to primary elections--News&Record Greensboro Alt
April 23rd, 2014 -- 9:59 AM

GREENSBORO — City Council has rescheduled their May 6 regular meeting due to primary elections.

Greensboro City Council reschedules meeting due to primary elections--News&Record Greensboro
April 23rd, 2014 -- 9:59 AM

GREENSBORO — City Council has rescheduled their May 6 regular meeting due to primary elections.

Greensboro looks at fees, layoffs to close budget gap + Bencini to run for High Point mayor + Number of food truck permits issued in Greensboro up--The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
April 23rd, 2014 -- 7:46 AM

-- The city of Greensboro will consider adding new fees and laying off less than 10 employees to close a $5 million budget gap, according to the News & Record. -- Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bill Bencini says he plans to make a run to become High Point's mayor this fall, t he High Point Enterprise reports. Bencini decided not to run for re-election to his commissioner's seat after the district's lines were redrawn. -- The number of registered food trucks in Greensboro has more…

AT&T to Provide GigaPower Service to Greensboro--Yes!Weekly
April 21st, 2014 -- 5:02 PM

NANCY VAUGHAN

"City of Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan today announced AT&T’s plan to provide new ultra-fast fiber network to Greensboro, along with 20 other metro areas in the US. The fiber network will deliver AT&T U-Verse with GigaPower service, which can deliver broadband speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second to consumers and businesses. AT&T selected Greensboro because of expected demand for the new service. Construction of the network improvements will begin in 2015.

“This is an exciting announcement as it will not only bring the fastest consumer Internet speeds to the residents of Greensboro, but it also helps put our City in a more competitive position in the future regarding economic development,” said Mayor Vaughan. “It says a lot about Greensboro that AT&T sees the potential we have here.”

The planned expanded availability of U-verse with GigaPower is part of AT&T’s Project Velocity IP (VIP) investment plan to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks to support growing customer demand for high-speed Internet access, advanced TV services, and new mobile and cloud services.

AT&T U-verse with GigaPower services are expected to include:
·         Internet speeds reaching up to 1 Gigabit per second, faster than the fastest consumer Internet available in most communities today. With Gigabit speeds, you can download an HD online movie in less than 36 seconds, download 25 songs in one second, and download your favorite TV show in less than 3 seconds.**
·         Access to cutting-edge TV services that include the most advanced AT&T Total Home DVR with more HD TV streams to record and watch multiple shows simultaneously, plus greater DVR storage capacity.
·         Super-fast Wi-Fi speeds and the ability to schedule DVR recordings and watch hit TV shows on more than 30 varieties of smartphones and tablets, as well as your PC.
·         Faster speeds that enable small businesses to more quickly and seamlessly:
o   Upload, download and share large data files and images
o   Back up data remotely in the cloud at one or multiple locations
o   Videoconference with suppliers, business partners, and customers

“We’re delivering advanced services that offer consumers and small businesses the ability to do more, faster, help communities create a new wave of innovation, and encourage economic development,” said Lori Lee, senior executive vice president, AT&T Home Solutions. “We’re interested in working with communities that appreciate the value of the most advanced technologies and are willing to encourage investment by offering solid investment cases and policies.”


The other 20 metropolitan areas, in addition to Greensboro, includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose."
Release from the City of Greensboro

Matheny the Liberal Choice in the Republican 6th Congressional District Primary--Triad Conservative
April 20th, 2014 -- 10:46 PM

There is a great experiment shaping up in the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District. Councilman Zack Matheny's candidacy openly tests the premise that a known, recognized liberal/progressive could grab the Republican nomination in a state like North Carolina. A couple of interesting developments occurred over the weekend. First,...
      

Matheny the Liberal Choice in the Republican 6th Congresional District Primary--Triad Conservative
April 20th, 2014 -- 9:47 PM

There is a great experiment shaping up in the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District. Councilman Zack Matheny's candidacy openly tests the premise that a known, recognized liberal/progressive could grab the Republican nomination in the state like North Carolina. A couple of interesting developments occurred over the weekend. First,...
      

News & Record's superficial endorsement of superficial candidate--Roch101
April 20th, 2014 -- 11:49 AM

GREENSBORO, NC -- Is the News & Record even serious any more? In endorsing Greensboro district three city council person Zack Matheny in the Republican primary for United States House of Representatives, they ask readers to ignore important issues, ignore the realities of the political climate, local and national, and suggest we join them in a willful suspension of critical thinking.

The News & Record touts what they see as Matheny's:
"[W]illingness to work across party lines for the benefit of the people [he] represent[s]. That approach is sorely needed in Congress."
The fact is, Matheny is a member of a non-partisan city council where party matters so little that the mayor has served on council as a Republican, then unaffiliated and now as a Democrat. Such an environment gives us no indication of how Matheny will operate in the partisan pressure cooker of the U.S. House of Representatives. A better indication is in Matheny's campaign platform and here, the News & Record gives Matheny cover from scrutiny. They write:
"Matheny’s top issue in this campaign isn’t repealing Obamacare, opposing same-sex marriage, banning abortion, denying climate change or impeaching the president — topics that occupy some of the other candidates. It’s finding ways to create more jobs."
In congress, Matheny will have to—we, his potential constituents, will want him to—act on health care, marriage equality, reproductive issues, climate change, economic inequality and more, including budgetary, foreign affairs, defense, and entitlement issues such as Social Security. Yet, the News & Record is asking us to dumb down our examination of Matheny by suggesting that we ignore where he might be on these important issues and, instead, be swayed by rhetoric on "jobs." Voters will be wise not to oblige.

Despite what the News & Record may wish us to ignore, Matheny has staked out some positions that give a better picture than the News & Record's wishful thinking of how he'll operate if elected. No matter one's political inclinations, it will interest voters to know what Matheny has to say on the issues (and on what he has remained silent).

Health Care:
In January, Matheny's website called for an unequivocal repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: "Congress must repeal Obamacare," he wrote. Now, along with some good news about Obamacare, Matheny's website no longer calls for repeal. While he still remains critical of what he calls "government intrusion" in health care and maintains that Obamacare "hurts far more people than it helps," he seems confused about the role of government in health care as he cites as a good example of the delivery of health services the medical testing company LabCorp, which happens to be North Carolina's single largest recipient of Medicare payments (i.e. "government")  — some $157 million in 2012. (As it turns out, LabCorp made a $5,000 campaign contribution to Matheny days before he came to use them as an example on his website.)

I wrote to Matheny, in whose congressional and city council districts I live, to ask if he still opposes Obamacare and why. I also, separately, asked if supported Republican changes to expand Obamacare signed into law by President Obama. Matheny replied that he was out of town and would get back to me when "time permits." That was two weeks ago. Matheny's views on health care have been inconsistent, confused and self-contradictory. Had the News & Record been serious, it would have explored the implications of Matheny's muddled thoughts on this issue. Voters will.

The Budget:
Matheny promotes a Constitutional amendment "requiring the federal government to balance its budget every year." As with the Affordable Care Act, it's not clear to what extent Matheny has thought this through or his level of commitment as he qualifies his support by saying we should "consider" it.

Taxes:
We'll let Matheny speak for himself here and leave it to the reader to decide if this is something the News & Record would have ignored in a serious endorsement.
"As your Congressman, I will fight for legislation to sunset our current tax code and create a simple, fair, and honest tax system. Our current code is too complex, 70,000 pages and growing every year. No one knows what’s in it, or understands the current system. If we sunset our tax code after 3 years, that gives Congress 1000 days to take out a clean sheet of paper headed 'Fair, Simple, Honest.' "
Education:
Again, Matheny's words themselves are the most illustrative and, again, the reader will evaluate the seriousness of a News & Record endorsement that, in a city with six colleges and universities, ignores Matheny's idea for education:
"We must TEACH FOR THE JOB." [Emphasis in original]  
Guns:
Yet again, another topic on which the News & Record would have had something to say, were they serious. Here's Matheny:
"As your Congressman, I will continue to support gun owners and protect their right to bear arms. Protecting Second Amendment rights is not only a Constitutional issue. Our region has an economic interest to protect these rights as well. Remington Arms has been headquartered in North Carolina’s 6th District for nearly 20 years and Ruger Firearms opened a manufacturing facility in Rockingham County just last year. Guns equal jobs in North Carolina’s 6th District."
Foreign Policy, National Defense, Social Security, Domestic Surveillance, Climate Change, Poverty, Marriage Equality, Reproductive Rights/Abortion, Income Inequality, Civil Liberties, Energy, Trade, etc:
On these issues, Matheny offers no comments on either of his two websites. Yet, silence on these issues is a plus in the minds of the News & Record editors. That should tell you all you need to know about the quality of their endorsement: A superficial endorsement for a superficial candidate.





How Is Zack Matheny Earning His Piece?--Triad Conservative
April 19th, 2014 -- 10:47 PM

An interesting story is circulating online about Greensboro City Councilman and congressional candidate Zack Matheny. Billy Jones is reporting that Matheny is earning a 2% share of the value of a real estate deal in Charlotte. Another blog reports that one of the parties to this transaction is an executive...
      

N&R endorses Matheny in 6th District race--Piedmont Publius
April 19th, 2014 -- 5:49 PM

N&R says it should be Greensboro City Council member Zack Matheny vs. Guilford County Commissioner Bruce Davis come November: Matheny’s top issue in this campaign isn’t repealing Obamacare, opposing same-sex marriage, banning abortion, denying climate change or impeaching the president — topics that occupy some of the other candidates. It’s finding ways to create more […]

Former campaign aide for Patrick Cannon speaks out--News 14 - TOP STORIES
April 17th, 2014 -- 4:34 PM

A former campaign aide for Patrick Cannon is speaking out to set the record straight on her involvement with the former mayor.

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

ZACK MATHENY

"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 MathenyForCongress.com."
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.
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