Tonya Clinkscale announces run for District 1

by Jordan Green

A construction project manger and real estate broker will announce her candidacy for the District 1 Greensboro City Council seat on Thursday at the Warnersville Community Center.

Tonya Clinkscale, 45, disclosed her plans in a statement faxed to YES! Weekly on Monday. Her entry into the race likely puts her in contention with sitting Councilwoman Dianne Bellamy-Small, who faces a recall initiative.

Clinkscale is “not running because of the political quagmire that surrounds Mrs. Bellamy-Small,” the candidate said in a prepared statement. “Instead, I am running because I want to respond to and ensure that the interests of all District 1 citizens are strongly respected in every city council decision.”

She added that she is “the more qualified and dedicated candidate, one who has the strong leadership and communication skills needed by the district and demanded by the community’s voters.”

The candidate serves on the Greensboro Community Resource Board, a post she received at the appointment of Bellamy-Small, along with the High Point Road/West Lee Street Corridor Plan Citizens Committee.

Clinkscale’s campaign to unseat Bellamy-Small will run parallel but separately from the incumbent’s struggle to survive a recall effort led by Jonathan Wagstaff, a former supporter who operates a gas station in District 1, but lives in a different area of the city. Following certification by the city clerk after Wagstaff’s group submitted 861 signatures, the council set Aug. 21as the date for the recall election. The recall is pending approval by the US Justice Department, which is charged under the Voting Rights Act with ensuring that the election will not dilute minority voting strength.

Should Bellamy-Small survive the recall and choose to run for reelection she will face off against Clinkscale and any other contenders in the Oct. 9 primary election. The top two finishers will face each other again in the municipal election on Nov. 6.