Viable dissent

It’s not that we’re unhappy with the status quo in Greensboro; it’s just that we wish there was a more robust opposition active in city politics.

The next month will see a slew of candidate forums and politicking in general as the days unfold toward the municipal election Nov. 3. Competitive races in Districts 1, 2 and 3 should come to the forefront as candidates vie for one of those seats. In the at-large race, three powerful incumbents face only one viable opposition candidate, retired police officer Marc Ridgill. Grassroots challengers Sylvine Hill and Brian Hoss deserve all the applause in the world for getting into the electoral mix and we wish their campaigns well.

But Greensboro needs an organized opposition if the veneer of developerbacked insider politics is ever to fade from the minds of a large segment of the masses in this city. Currently, it’s left to bloggers with little credibility to lead the charge against the elite, and often they leave little room for sympathetic ears to lend a hand due to their wild accusations and inability to express coherent ideas.

In that vacuum of opposition, the elite have little to fear in terms of political challenges. That could be symptomatic of the opposition being a mix of far right conservatives unhappy with any policy that goes against their dogma and far left activists unsatisfied with anything short of revolution.

Does that mean the city council status quo is doing a good job of sticking to a middle path of pro-business policy with just enough attention to social justice issues to keep the masses at bay?

Perhaps. The current council supermajority has tackled tough issues such as housing, public safety and taking on legislative overreach. To the core issues of poverty and lack of wage growth in the city’s economy, however, little progress has been made.

Is council capable of creating greater movement on these issues?

The Nov. 3 election will tell us the public’s view of the matter. !

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