2022 Greensboro Voter Guide

Greensboro voters: make your voice heard in this year’s election for Mayor & City Council!

About the 2022 Greensboro Election

This year’s election for Greensboro Mayor & City Council will be on Tuesday, July 26. Polls will be open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Find your Election Day polling place.

Questions about Greensboro’s election? Contact the Guilford County Board of Elections at 336-641-3836.

WHAT DOES THE CITY COUNCIL DO?

The Mayor and the other members of the Greensboro City Council make a wide range of decisions affecting your life. The City Council sets policies and priorities and oversees the many functions of local government, including:

• The Police & Fire Departments
• Economic & Community Development
• Anti-Discrimination Ordinances
• Tax Rates & the City Budget
• Streets, Sidewalks & Road Repair
• Historic Preservation

• Zoning & Building Code Enforcement
• Affordable Housing
• Recreation, Parks & Arts Programs
• Water & Waste Disposal
• City Govt. Employee Wages & Benefits
• Appointments to Boards & Committees

Members of the Greensboro City Council are elected in nonpartisan races. The Mayor and At-Large members are elected citywide, while the other members are elected from districts. Click here to find out which district you live in.

Candidates for Greensboro Mayor (vote for one candidate)

Justin Outling

Occupation: Attorney

Background: UNCG and Duke University School of Law. Attorney at Brooks, Pierce in Greensboro. Member of City Council for 7 years. Prior to that, member of Greensboro’s Minimum Housing Standards Commission. Co-chair Board of Visitors at UNC Greensboro. Husband and parent.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Economic growth through investment and partnerships in infrastructure and job training. Crime prevention focused on both the sources of crime and providing the Police Department with the resources needed to hire, train, and retain officers. Making public transportation more accessible.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Jobs for youth: We would create a summer teen jobs guarantee for young people who live in areas of the City most impacted by violent crime as a matter of equity, allowing them to catch up with students from more affluent areas. This would provide job skills and provide positive goals and experiences.

Website: VoteOutling.com

Nancy Vaughan

Occupation: Mayor, City of Greensboro

Background: Elected Mayor in 2013. I have served as a district and an at-large representative. I am active on local boards. I worked in private industry for over 30 years. My last position was as Operations Manager, responsible for the everyday operations of a national parts and service company.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
1. Safe Affordable Housing – implementing our HousingGSO 10-year plan. Increase affordability, safety and availability of our housing stock. 2. Equitable growth – we are experiencing tremendous economic development. It is important to me that our residents are the recipients of those jobs.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Jobs for youth: The Police Chief announced a “500 Jobs” initiative. I actively recruited jobs & mentors to expose at risk young people to a career path and relationships that they may not have experienced. The City supported that program through staffing and job opportunities. This year the program will grow.

Website: MayorNancyVaughan.com

Greensboro City Council – At-Large  (vote for three candidates)

Marikay Abuzuaiter

Occupation: Elected Official

Background: Small business owner-22 years. Graduate: Citizens Academy, Citizens Police Academy and IMPACT Greensboro. Chair, Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, Chair, Municipal Planning Organization, Council liaison 5 to Boards/Commissions. Member/attendee at numerous neighborhood associations.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Public Safety – to continue striving to make Greensboro a safer city. Infrastructure – to maintain and build upon and improve our infrastructure. Economic Development – keeping the momentum going. We are experiencing an economic boom and need to keep that excitement going.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: With the new jobs coming to the megasite and the airport, we need to make sure that we not only have the workforce trained and ready, we need to work with our development community to make sure we are going to have the housing needed for that workforce. This is a number 1 priority.

Website: VoteMarikay.com, facebook.com/abuzuaiter

Tracy Furman

Occupation: Executive director for Triad Local First

Background: Greensboro native, small business owner and now non-profit director. I have education in Governmental policy, accounting and business. I am currently on the Minimum Housing Standards Commission and I am a graduate of the City Academy of 2017.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Jobs, Housing and Transportation. We need new small businesses to support and flourish with the new large companies coming to the Greensboro area and create better paying jobs. We are suffering right now for the severe lack of affordable housing and our transportation system is very antiquated.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: We need an immediate answer to our housing issues. First we need to find ways to increase our housing either through incentives to developers and/or more comprehensive looks at current regulations and requirements for smaller complexes or divisions.

Website: ElectTracyFurman.com

Hugh Holston

Occupation: Project Management

Background: I am uniquely prepared to serve successfully for all of Greensboro. My extensive experience in finance & budgeting, zoning & planning, project management, and community engagement establishes me as the right person, in the right role, at the right time to be re-elected to Greensboro City Council.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
I am a problem solver, not a politician. With my Three Pillars for Progress (Economic Development – Public Safety – Community Engagement), I am confident that my vision of ‘Go B.I.G. – Believe in Greensboro’ will result in solutions that have positive outcomes for Greensboro.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: l will look at zoning and land use to incorporate higher density zoning ordinances to include creative housing mixes such as accessory dwellings, tiny houses, and container homes. Next, I would further invest in the non-governmental agencies who already address homelessness and affordable housing.

Website: HughHolston.com

Yvonne J. Johnson

Occupation: Mayor pro tem

Background: Past mayor, served on council for 27 years

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Jobs that pay livable wages, safe and affordable housing. Economic and racial equity.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Jobs for youth: Create a partnership with a number of our main businesses to train and offer summer employment for youth.

Website: Facebook – Yvonne Johnson City Council at Large

Katie Rossabi

No response from candidate

Linda Wilson

Occupation: School Administrator

Background: I have an extensive background in health care administration, led the A&T State University Healthcare Center through its national accreditation, have worked with many agencies across the city, was honored with the North Carolina Governor’s Award for my service and I am a skilled leader.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Affordable Housing; Economic Development; Public Safety

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Jobs for youth: Research shows that acquiring job skills and training early in the education process is the most effective means of preparing youth for the workforce. My efforts would include early investment in intense skill development programs that are consistent with the demands of current industries.

Website: Wilson4CityCouncil.com

Greensboro City Council – District 1  (vote for one candidate)

Felton Foushee

Occupation: History Instructor & Consultant

Background: I am from Greensboro. I graduated from Dudley High. I was the Director of the Achievers program at the Hayes Taylor Y. I hold an MA in History from NCCU and am working toward a PhD at UNCG. History is critical to our journey forward. We need to be respectful of, and honest about our collective past.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
My priorities include economically uplifting D1. Elevating clear pathways to homeownership as well as engaging corporations to invest not just in property, but also in the people who live and work around areas where industries have a strong presence.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations: It is critical we engage in continuous & meaningful dialogue. An us against them mentality is counterproductive from either perspective. When a citizen takes on the responsibility of protecting & serving they should be held to a higher level of accountability. That should be understood & celebrated.

Website: ElectFoushee.com

Sharon Hightower

Occupation: Retired

Background: I have proudly represented the residents of District 1 since 2013. Each and every day since my election has been dedicated to advocating for those needs of safe housing, jobs that pay living wages, public safety and transportation. As a single mom, I can often relate to their life’s experiences.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Economic Development – to recruit jobs that pay living wages & offer free transportation for those living at or below the poverty level. Small Business Inclusion – continue to ensure Minority and Women businesses are provided the opportunity to work on city projects as part of the MWBE program.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: Create an incentive for developers who guarantee a percentage of supportive units would always be built as part of a mixed income, mixed use development that creates housing equity for renters and buyers.

Website: facebook.com/votehightower

Greensboro City Council – District 2  (vote for one candidate)

Cecile (CC) Crawford

Occupation: Sales Support Manager

Background: I grew up in Greensboro’s Douglas Park. I am an alumna of NC A&T and UNCG. I have two wonderful grown daughters, and I work as a sales support manager at a national marketing tech firm. I have been a party precinct officer, and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2020.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
We need an Eviction Legal Defense Fund, and a Right to Counsel, in order to help people navigate the very expensive eviction process with a lawyer to help them in court. We also need a CAHOOTS model approach to mental health that deescalates with limited police response.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Police accountability and community relations: CAHOOTS employs a medic and trained crisis worker with experience in mental health and trauma-informed de-escalation. Teams handle conflict resolution, welfare checks, substance abuse, and suicide threats. In Oregon, they had only 150 out of 24,000 CAHOOTS calls that needed police backup.

Website: CecileCrawford.com

Goldie Wells

Occupation: Retired Educator

Background: I’m a retired educator and administrator. I have been a community organizer for many years and I believe in working collaboratively to solve problems but also be forward thinking on creating solutions. I have the pleasure of serving the citizens of Greensboro City Council District 2.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
– Improve safety; – Help to eradicate food deserts; – Help to increase the health care awareness; – Help to find more housing that is affordable; – Help to bring more jobs and economic opportunities; – Promote the importance of education

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: I will work with developers and builders and nonprofits to combine efforts to build houses that citizens can afford.

Website: WellsForCityCouncil.com

Greensboro City Council – District 3  (vote for one candidate)

Zack Matheny

Occupation: President of Downtown Greensboro, Inc

Background: I have lived and worked in District 3 for over 20 years and I served as the District 3 City Councilman for 8 years, zoning commission member for two years, and served in numerous capacities as a volunteer throughout the city.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
1. Job growth – we need to maintain a collaborative and aggressive program of job creation so that our citizens have the opportunity to work. 2. Public Safety – Working with the Greensboro Police Department to help them do the job we all need them to do.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: There are many forms of affordable housing, and strategic ways in which to implement. We need to create RFP’s for the development community and be willing to incentivize folks to get the housing built.

Website: MathenyForCouncil.com

Greensboro City Council – District 4  (vote for one candidate)

Nancy Hoffmann

Occupation: Retired

Background: I have served 4 terms on the Greensboro City Council, and prior to that served on a City Commission for 5 years. I had a 45 year business career in executive management and executive recruiting.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Economic Development and Affordable Housing. Focus on economic development opportunities that bring jobs for citizens and grow tax base which help fund priorities. We must meet the housing requirements for a growing population but also ensure enough affordable workforce housing as well.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Jobs for youth: For 5 years I have been a mentor for college students who participate in a local foundation internship program with local companies. We have a City Police Department summer jobs program for high school students. My role here is to get local businesses to sign up to provide jobs through this program.

Website: VoteHoffmann.com

Thurston H. Reeder, Jr.

Occupation: Retired

Background: Small business owner with up to 20 employees over 40 years

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
Budget – with inflation rampant, we need to spend our money wisely. Policing – we need to support our officers with better training, equipment and compensation. Everyone is affected by our public safety and cost of living.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: I am currently looking at any and every possibility to help with this problem and will be trying to formulate the best solution I can.

Greensboro City Council – District 5  (vote for one candidate)

Tammi Z. Thurm

Occupation: Firm Administrator

Background: I moved to Greensboro in 1975 to attend UNCG, spending my career as a CFO/VP of Finance in a privately owned business. Since being elected, I’ve worked to find the balance of investing for the future and ensuring that we make fiscally sound decisions to move Greensboro forward for all citizens.

Please describe your top 2 or 3 priorities if elected:
We must keep the momentum going with smart investments into our community, ensuring that our recent economic development ‘wins’ are wins for all residents, not just some. This includes affordable housing, job training, public safety, and making Greensboro a welcoming place for all of us.

Please choose any ONE issue below and answer how you would address that issue (affordable housing, police accountability, or jobs for youth):
Affordable housing: We can only continue to grow our city and our economic base if we have an employee base for that future growth. We need an affordable place for those employees to live. A lack of decent affordable housing impacts the quality of life for all of us.

Website: VoteThurm.com

Tony Wilkins

No response from candidate

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Questions about Greensboro’s election?

Contact the Guilford County Board of Elections at (336) 641-3836.