by Jordan Green


Items from across the Triad and Beyond, compiled by Jordan Green

Landau and Rakestraw meet Joel Landau, a candidate for Greensboro City Council in District 4, went on the offensive against opponent Mary Rakestraw during a candidate forum sponsored by the Greensboro Neighborhood Congress on Monday. “Personally, I’m tired of the discord and negativity that we’ve been seeing on council,” Landau said. “I’m a voice for civility. I’ve been in the cooperative movement for decades where we seriously take how popel work together, and listen to one another. And it doesn’t mean we have to agree; it just means we listen to one another and try to come up with something that works for the common good.” Rakestraw defended her performance in her first term, in which she has called into question practices in the police department as an at-large member of the council. “”I ask questions for everybody,” she said. “I ask questions that may not be popular. I may ask the questions that you might not like but you ultimately want to hear the answers to.” Rakestraw concluded, “Do we have a problem in our policedepartment? Yes, we have some problems in our police department.” Thecongress will host a candidate forum for at-large candidates forGreensboro City Council at the downtown public library at 6:30 p.m. onOct. 19. — JG

Mayoral candidates contrast in style

The two candidates for mayor of Greensboro, incumbent Yvonne Johnson and challenger Bill Knight, addressedvoters during a candidate forum hosted by the Greensboro NeighborhoodCongress at the downtown public library on Oct. 8. The candidatespresented widely differing personal styles and preoccupations inresponse to a question about their campaign slogans, Johnson with“positive leadership” and Knight with “Go forward, Greensboro.” “When Italk about positive leadership, I talk about vision, I talk aboutcommitment, I talk about believing that one ought to do their homework,that when one says they’re going to serve the people, that’s what theydo,” Johnson said. “And they do it… and they do it with civility, evenwhen you disagree. Even when you’re at odds, you can respect a person’shuman dignity.” Knight said that he has closely followed the GreensboroPolice Department through a friend who was in line to become chief in1998, and concluded through research at the library that former ChiefDavid Wray “had a rather exemplary record of accomplishment.” Knightrepeated a call for the city to reimburse Wray and several associatesfor their legal costs and to offer an apology to them. “I think if wecould do that,” Knight said, “we could really begin to move forward.” — JG

Candidates and real estate professionals flock to TREBIC event

About 300 peopleattended the Triad Real Estate & Building Industries Coalition, orTREBIC’s “Pigs, Poultry & Politics” reception at Castle McCulloughin Jamestown on Oct. 8. About 60 of them were candidates and electedofficials, with the balance being members of the various industriesunder TREBIC’s umbrella. Emcee Tom Terrell, a real estate lawyer, described TREBIC as “the go-to-real estate organizatioin in the Triad,” and lauded NC Sen.

Don Vaughan, husband of Greensboro City Council at-large candidate Nancy Vaughan, as“a true champion on the Jordan Lake Rules.” Developers who routinelywrite large checks to candidates who attended the reception this yearincluded Roy Carroll and Dwight Stone. The event allowscandidates to shake hands, mingle and chat with would-be donors in thereal-estate, building and development industries. In addition to theannual reception, TREBIC also submits a questionnaire to candidates,including questions such as, “Do you think sprawl is a problem inGreensboro?” “TREBIC doesn’t make any recommendations for who tosupport,” President Marlene Sanford said. “There are severalorganizations with PACs that write checks. It’s easier for everybody tohave one survey. We end up being the organizational clearinghouse forthat activity.” — JG