Filing for Greensboro city council kicks off

by Jeff Sykes

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and five city council incumbents have already filed to run for reelection on day one of the candidate-filing period. Following a judge’s preliminary injunction against a Republican-sponsored bill that would have brought wholesale changes to Greensboro election districts, the filing period kicked off at noon today.This year’s election will be held under the existing structure in place while a federal lawsuit works its way through the courts to determine if the redistricting measure forced through the General Assembly by archconservative state Sen. Trudy Wade and her allies is constitutional.Vaughan filed for reelection as conservatives continue to scramble to try and find a challenger willing to take on the popular mayor.At-large council members Marikay Abuzuaiter and Yvonne Johnson, the mayor pro-temp, filed for reelection today.The filing period ends Aug. 7.In District 1, incumbent Sharon Hightower filed to hold on to her seat as the woman she beat by 12 votes in the last election lines up for another shot. Long-time council member T. Dianne Bellamy-Small had announced her intention to run prior to the judge’s decision last week. Bellamy-Small officially filed her candidacy today.Another first-term incumbent, District 2’s Jamal Fox, filed for reelection. “We have a lot of work to do moving forward,” Fox wrote on his Facebook page. “We have done a lot but more to do and we need you a part of TeamFox!!”Thessa Pickett has filed to challenge Fox in District 2. District 4 council member Nancy Hoffman, who kicked off her campaign a while back and is building her usually formidable network of supporters, filed for reelection as well.District 5’s Tony Wilkins has stated his intent to run for reelection in his district despite the more conservative political activists in the city and county Republican circles urging him to run for mayor.

View the updated list, including candidates for other municipal races in Guilford County, here.