City Council Candidates

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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

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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Nancy Hoffman


This candidate is running unopposed.

Tony Wilkins


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Blogs & News

Candidates in the news and local blogs

INSIDE SCOOP: Chamber of commerce, A&T to hold city council forum--News&Record
October 14th, 2015 -- 3:28 PM

Make room on your calendar for another Greensboro City Council candidate forum.

INSIDE SCOOP: Chamber of commerce, A&T to hold city council forum--News&Record Greensboro
October 14th, 2015 -- 3:28 PM

Make room on your calendar for another Greensboro City Council candidate forum.

INSIDE SCOOP: More city council candidate forums announced--News&Record
October 14th, 2015 -- 3:28 PM

Make room on your calendar for more Greensboro City Council candidate forums.

INSIDE SCOOP: More city council candidate forums announced--News&Record Greensboro Alt
October 14th, 2015 -- 3:28 PM

Make room on your calendar for more Greensboro City Council candidate forums.

INSIDE SCOOP: More city council candidate forums announced--News&Record Greensboro
October 14th, 2015 -- 3:28 PM

Make room on your calendar for more Greensboro City Council candidate forums.

INSIDE SCOOP: Mayoral candidate Devin King recovering from crash, resuming campaign--News&Record
October 14th, 2015 -- 1:40 PM

We've previously mentioned that Greensboro mayoral candidate was in a car accident October 4 - two days before the municipal primary elections.

INSIDE SCOOP: Mayoral candidate Devin King recovering from crash, resuming campaign--News&Record Greensboro Alt
October 14th, 2015 -- 1:40 PM

We've previously mentioned that Greensboro mayoral candidate was in a car accident October 4 - two days before the municipal primary elections.

INSIDE SCOOP: Mayoral candidate Devin King recovering from crash, resuming campaign--News&Record Greensboro
October 14th, 2015 -- 1:40 PM

We've previously mentioned that Greensboro mayoral candidate was in a car accident October 4 - two days before the municipal primary elections.

Group holds Greensboro council candidate forums this month--News&Record
October 13th, 2015 -- 8:03 PM

The Greensboro Neighborhood Congress council forums will be Monday for district candidates and Oct. 26 for mayoral and at-large candidates. 

Group holds Greensboro council candidate forums this month--News&Record Greensboro
October 13th, 2015 -- 8:03 PM

The Greensboro Neighborhood Congress council forums will be Monday for district candidates and Oct. 26 for mayoral and at-large candidates. 

Group holds Greensboro council candidate forums this month--News&Record Greensboro Alt
October 13th, 2015 -- 8:03 PM

The Greensboro Neighborhood Congress council forums will be Monday for district candidates and Oct. 26 for mayoral and at-large candidates. 

You own it Susan, Moffitt, Doyle, Gauger and Killian etc... whether you choose to acknoledge your self confirmation bias or not.--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
October 12th, 2015 -- 9:46 AM

It's amazing how someone who has worked so hard to rig this election for Greensboro City Council incumbents is now castigating the public for not participating in the farce. The News and Record doesn't report correllations to supporter contributions and Council "incentive" hand outs, doesn't bother to identify objvious conflicts of interest of those it's promotiong to win, and expects more to

Gridiron Battle Kicks Off Second Year of Guilford Cup--Yes!Weekly
October 9th, 2015 -- 1:06 PM

"Employees and elected officials representing the City of Greensboro and Guilford County will meet at 11 am Sat., Oct. 17 at Jaycee Park, 3802 Jaycee Park Dr., for the second annual Guilford Cup football game. The gridiron meeting will be the first of multiple sporting events between the two government entities in the battle for the 2015-16 Guilford Cup.

During the inaugural year of competition between the City and County in 2014-15, the City scored victories in all three competitions – besting the County in football, 18-12, in basketball, 72-58, and in softball, 19-11. This year’s football game will also serve as a collection point for food to be distributed through the United Way. In lieu of paid admission, spectators are asked to bring two nonperishable or canned food items.

Greensboro City Councilman Jamal Fox and Guilford County Commissioner Ray Trapp developed the idea of bringing representatives from the two organizations together on the athletic field. “This is a way of breaking down the walls and barriers, perceived or real, that exist between the two governments,” says Fox. “It’s also a fun way to network, provide some excitement for employees, and gives residents a chance to cheer on their governmental leaders.”

“Sports have a way of bringing people together and that’s what the Guilford Cup idea is really about, finding some common ground and spending time with one another,” says Trapp. “I believe that the fellowship we have on the playing field will translate into the workplace. A good-natured rivalry may lead to stronger working ties which will benefit our community in numerous ways.”


More information about the Guilford Cup is online at www.greensboro-nc.gov/guilfordcup."

- A Press Release

Will The Heritage House Lies Ever End?--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
October 8th, 2015 -- 8:45 PM

To date I have written 103 posts about Heritage House documenting how the City of Greensboro led by Mayor Nancy Barakat "Grasshopper" Vaughan has constantly changed their story from day to day. Recently, at a candidates' debate at Friends Home, Councilwoman Marikay Abuziater stated it would cost $16 Million Dollars to repair Heritage House. But according to the Rhino Times: "Walliser said

Susan Ladd's Hypocrisy; "We can do better than 4 percent turnout"--East Greensboro Performing Arts Center
October 7th, 2015 -- 7:45 PM

http://www.greensboro.com/blogs/around_town/we-can-do-better-than-percent-turnout/article_76e01002-cfa6-5976-b77c-a8774ada0b2c.html . . If it wasn't so sad to hear someone who has worked so hard to make 2015;s Greensboro City Council election so meaningless, it would be funny, but it's not. Both Greensboro's left and the right are just as liable. If the objective was to make our community look

Find out the results of yesterday’s Greensboro City...--#soGSO
October 7th, 2015 -- 3:32 PM



Find out the results of yesterday’s Greensboro City Council primary on our website! #sogso #gsopol #election #vote Photo by triad_city_beat http://ift.tt/1JT89t8

Greensboro City Council At Large Candidates 2015--Yes!Weekly
October 7th, 2015 -- 11:22 AM


The at-large race pits three veteran incumbents against two political newcomers and a 29-year veteran of the Greensboro Police Department. ...

Gboro City Council primary (sigh)--Piedmont Publius
October 7th, 2015 -- 10:41 AM

Incumbent Mayor Nancy Vaughan dominated Greensboro’s City Council primary, tallying 88 percent of the vote—while incumbent District 3 council member Justin Outling got 60 percent of the vote in his three-way primary. This is Outling’s first campaign—he was appointed to the district 3 seat when Zack Matheny resigned to become president and chief executive officer […]

When primaries don’t matter--Triad City Beat
October 7th, 2015 -- 3:00 AM

The Greensboro City Council election is our favorite election, even in years like this when the slate lacks any drama or intrigue and voter turnout promises to be...
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