Filing period ends with new challengers for Greensboro mayor and District 3

by Jeff Sykes

Election 2015

A light filing period for Greensboro City Council elections ended with a small flurry Friday as new candidates for mayor and District 3 emerged, thus forcing a primary to be held in October.Devin King, a 27-year-old who lives on Elm Street, filed Friday to take on Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. Vaughan already had one listed opponent, perennial candidate Sal Leone, a Thomasville police officer and frequent commenter on various local blogs.In the District 3 race to replace Zack Matheny, former Guilford County GOP executive director Michael Picarelli entered the race with candidates Kurt Collins and Justin Outling, the man appointed last month to replace Matheny when the four-term council member resigned his seat to take over leadership at Downtown Greensboro Inc. District 4 council member Nancy Hoffman escaped the filing period without an opponent.In addition to District 3, competitive races have shaped up in District 1 and 2, where first-term council members Sharon Hightower and Jamal Fox look to hold on to their seats. In District 1, long-time council member T. Dianne Bellamy-Small will look for a rematch against Hightower, who unseated Bellamy-Small in a tight election by 12 votes. In District 2, Fox will face community activist Thessa Pickett.District 5 incumbent Tony Wilkins faces a nominal challenge by unknown candidate Maureen C. Washington.

View the final list of candidates here.