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Tuned out?

We found it incredulous that in a city with so many boisterous critics of the current city council that not one credible candidate stoop up to challenge Mayor Nancy Vaughan.

We assume that means she is either wildly popular and perceived as unbeatable or that conservatism, and Republican advocates, have hit complete rock bottom in the City of Greensboro.

It’s most likely a combination of the two. After all, politics is the art of compromise.

But after six months of saber rattling on the part of conservatives rambling on about smaller government, a council more accountable to the people, and a cluster of elites controlling the city from somewhere near Irving Park, it speaks volumes that no coordinated effort to win a political election resulted from such noise.

It borders on shameful to go out with such a whimper.

Vaughan will easily crush either of the unknown candidates who signed up to run against her. We see the three at-large candidates likely cruising to easy reelection, along with Tony Wilkins in District 5, who faces nominal opposition, and Nancy Hoffman in District 4, who is unopposed despite the controversial rezoning vote she cast in the Hobbs/Friendly debate. East Greensboro’s Districts 1 and 2 will see significant political activity this fall as first-term incumbents look to hold on to their seats.

District 3 also contains a bit of a surprise in that all three candidates are relative new comers to the city. All three are solid candidates with strong ideas, but the fact that no one from Greensboro with an extensive civic resume wants to represent one of the most important election districts in the city is another sign that something is amiss.

Either people are so tuned out of a broken political process or Greensboro has the finest group of leaders anyone can ever remember.

The proof will be in the pudding as the next council seeks to cut the city’s amazing poverty rate and increase employment while millions of dol- lars in high-end projects hum along nonetheless. !

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