Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, we address questions to members of the Greensboro City Council about their perspective on the New Year and the challenges ahead. In the spirit of the holidays, questions 2 and 3 are automatically scored correct.


1. Feb. 1, 2010 will mark the 50th anniversary of what famous event in Greensboro history?

2. Name one of the top challenges the Greensboro City Council will face in 2010. 3. Name one of your New Year’s resolutions.

Danny Thompson, at-large:

1.The sit-ins of the civil rights movement. [ ]

2.I think budgetary challenges will be prominent as we look to try to provide the same level of services with probably less revenue from the tax base, the state and the county — monies we’ve relied on in the past. If those monies don’t come through, we’re going to be met with a lot of challenges of what to cut and what services to keep. [ ]

3. To be a better father, a better husband and a better friend. [ ]

Jim Kee, District 2:

1. The sit-in at the Woolworth’s. [ ]

2.Bringing jobs and more economic development. [ ]

3. I don’t know if I’ve made one yet, but I guess I can make one now — to be a better

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citizen, family man, husband and all-around person. [ ]

Mary Rakestraw, District 4:

1. The sit-in at the Woolworth’s. [ ]

2. We have a lot of needs that need to be met and we’ll have to be prudent in the decisions we make. We’re going to have to be very careful about how we spend the taxpayers’ money. There’re a lot of people who are out of work and a lot of people living on fixed incomes. We still want to move our city forward but we have to do that for compassion for the people who pay the bills. [ ]

3. I haven’t started thinking about that. I want to be healthier this year and continue my exercise at Curves, be of good cheer and be grateful for everything I have. [ ]


1. The sit-in protest by four NC A&T University students at the Woolworth lunch counter on South Elm Street in downtown Greensboro.