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HOFFMAN ANNOUNCES PLANS TO RUN IN DISTRICT 4
Incumbent District 4 council member Nancy Hoffman announced her plans to seek reelection to the Greensboro City Council last week. Despite the uncertainty over District 4 in the proposed redistricting proposal currently before the state legislature, Hoffman said she intends to seek reelection “however it is geographically configured.”
Hoffman is currently finishing her second term on the council as District 4’s representative. Following a 22-year career as a corporate executive, Hoffman continued to work as an executive recruiter/consultant before deciding to run for city council.
“We are living in exciting times in this city. The private economy is rebounding, and I have served on two progressive Councils that are getting things done,” Hoffman said in a press release. “The landscape of this city will look dramatically different over the next several years.”
Hoffman serves as council liaison to the ABC Board and the Redevelopment Commission, in addition to serving on the Convention and Visitors Bureau Board.
Hoffman said her focus on these boards is to help manage entities that generate income for the city or could possibly increase the city’s tax base.
The current redistricting proposal, known as SB 36, would make District 4 a battlefield if it passes in its current form. The proposal, put forth by Republican state Sen. Trudy Wade, would lump four current members of the city council into a new District 4. Hoffman would be joined by Zack Matheny, Marikay Abuzuaiter and Mike Barber in the proposed district. Mayor Nancy Vaughan would also be in the district, but has announced her plans to seek reelection to the mayor’s office.
The proposal is currently stalled in the state house, where local legislators have indicated plans to require a voter referendum on the proposal.
Hoffman seems undeterred by the proposal, remaining committed to her own initiatives and vision for the city.
“I want to change our thinking from short term reactive and maintenance-driven to longer term planning and execution,” Hoffman said. “I want to set the model for what a fully engaged council member can be and do. I want to focus our attention on the future, not the past or present. I want to mentor our future young leaders. I want to direct the investment of our resources to attract business and industry that will provide jobs for our citizens and raise the per capita income.”
The filing period for local municipal elections begins July 6. Primary election day, if needed, is scheduled for Oct. 6, with the general election Nov. 3.
FORUMS TO DISCUSS NEIGHBOR- HOOD ORIENTED POLICING
The Greensboro Police Department (GPD) is hosting four forums to update residents on the progress of Neighborhood Oriented Policing (NOP) along with other initiatives that are part of Police Chief Wayne Scott’s strategies for fulfilling the department’s mission and vision.
The forums reflect a series of ongoing efforts within the department to build stronger relationships with the people it serves and support Scott’s strategy of expanding community outreach efforts to better connect with all of Greensboro’s residents, businesses, and visitors.
NOP combines a philosophy of problem solving with geographic ownership of defined areas. NOP also includes focused crime analysis with structured accountability for problem-solving and crime reduction throughout the department.
In these forums, Scott will explain how he has adopted NOP to better serve the people of the city and slightly modified the plan from its original version. In addition to providing an update on NOP, Scott will share the progress of key action items in his six strategies to keep the city safer and advance GPD towards becoming a national model for exceptional policing.
Greensboro residents and business owners are encouraged to attend any of the forums to learn about GPD’s efforts to improve public safety and service to the people of the city. The forums begin at 6:30 pm and are expected to last about an hour. Reservations are not required:
Wednesday, June 3 – Windsor Recreation Center, 1601 E. Lee St.
Thursday, June 18 – Lindley Recreation Center, 2907 Springwood Dr.
Monday, June 22 – Glenwood Recreation Center, 2010 Coliseum Blvd.
Tuesday, June 23 – Peeler Recreation Center, 1300 Sykes Ave. !