2013 Greensboro Municipal Election Endorsements
Peacemaker Staff Reports | 11/1/2013, 11:39 a.m.
Seeking public office can be one of the most rewarding and yet
challenging tasks a person can pursue. Running for any public
office is a noble venture where people dedicate their time to
serving hopefully in the best interests of the community.
Several political forums have been held across the city giving
voters an opportunity to hear first-hand from the candidates
on issues such as economic development, taxation, job
creation, housing, public safety, improved community
engagement and neighborhood revitalization. Most of the
candidates on the 2013 ballot for the Greensboro City Council
and Mayoral Election have effectively expressed their
respective positions and visions for Greensboro.
The Carolina Peacemaker has selected the following candidates
to endorse for the 2013 Municipal Elections based in part on
each candidate’s responses to voters’ questions during public
forums sponsored by local non-partisan organizations such as
The League of Women Voters. Past performances of current or
former council members were also considered in the
Both mayoral candidates, Robbie Perkins and Nancy Vaughan, are
quite capable of leading the City of Greensboro. Both need to
remember to have an open ear to the people and not simply
listen to developers and those who seemingly use their wallets
in attempts to sway policies.
Incumbent Mayor Robbie Perkins has been described by many
voters as a tenacious and shrewd businessman. While running
for his first term as mayor, Perkins created a map
illustrating his economic development plan to revitalize the
city, especially East Greensboro. Perkins’ plan included
making the Gateway Research Park a technology center on par
with Research Triangle Park near Raleigh. A cooperative
agreement formulated between former North Carolina A&T State
University Chancellor James Rennick and late UNC Greensboro
President Patricia Sullivan which began the Gateway
partnership and development, calls for at least 11 buildings
to be built at the center which is located on 75 acres of
former A&T farmland.
Most people would agree that the primary direction in which to
develop Greensboro is eastward. This area is in desperate need
of jobs and a forward-looking strategic redevelopment plan.
Instead of creating a plan to redevelop East Greensboro’s most
blighted areas, Mayor Perkins has focused his development plan
on the growing Gateway Campus and supported a push to cut a
$3.2 million four lane road with bike lanes and sidewalks
directly through A&T’s Farm. This proposed project which has
been in the city’s sights for decades and opposed by past A&T
administrators for just as long, triggered outrage among
university alumni, students as well as current and retired
university faculty. Perkins’ opinion on this issue changed
when those in opposition pointed out that pushing for the
Florida Street extension would be “political suicide,”
especially during an election year.
There are plenty of empty warehouses, underutilized buildings
and old shopping centers in East Greensboro in need of
redevelopment. Destroying pristine green space is not wise
decision making and serves as a prime example of people in
power who are more amenable to real estate developers than to