by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

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Bellamy-Small enters Greensboro mayoral race

Dianne Bellamy-Small, a Greensboro City Council member who has publicly battled her conservative counterparts on the board, filed to run for mayor. She currently represents District 1 in the southeast quadrant of the city. Bellamy-Small is known as a maverick who charts her own course, and surprises during the filing period in Guilford County politics are hardly uncommon. But her decision to enter the race stunned most observers con sidering that Robbie Perkins, a close ally on council, has made his intentions to run for mayor known for at least a year.

“You’ve caught me speechless on this one,” Perkins said. “I’m going to have to call her and ask her: ‘What are you doing?’ I don’t even think the best prognosticator in the city could have predicted this one.”

Other Monday filings include Perkins and Tom Phillips for mayor, Wayne Abraham and Cyndy Hayworth for at large, Donnell “DJ” Hardy for District 1, and Tony Collins and Nancy Hoffmann for District 4. — JG