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Election 2013

Councilors Support PACs

Photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Ellison Editor (February 17, 2014) We were wrong in an article on February 13. We said that the political action committee (PAC) “Citizens for a Better Greenville” had not yet filed their year-end report, which they filed on January 10 of this year. This error came to our attention after the organization filed […]


BoE Throws Out Wetherington Protest

Katherine Wetherington, from the campaign's Facebook page

by Guardian Staff The Pitt County Board of Elections, meeting late this afternoon, voted unanimously to throw out a protest filed by the losing candidate in the race for Greenville’s district 3 city council seat. Katherine Wetherington, who has ties to the local real estate industry and manages a downtown restaurant, lost the race by […]


Williams Withdraws Election Protest; Wetherington’s Still Pending

Terri Williams

by Guardian Staff Greenville city council district 4 hopeful Terri Williams late yesterday withdrew her election protest, effectively ending her campaign and conceding victory to Rick Smiley. A 4 p.m. Board of Elections hearing on the protest of district 3 candidate Katherine Wetherington, however, is still pending. Williams’ protest charged some voters were turned away […]


What About the Write-ins?

1963 photo postcard of Oliver O. Oliver (Ray Rayner), Bozo the Clown (Bob Bell), Sandy the Clown (Don Sandburg), and Ringmaster Ned (Ned Locke) on Bozo's Circus on WGN-TV (Chicago). Wikimedia Commons photo.

by Lisa Ellison One hundred seventy-eight write-in votes were cast in Greenville’s just-completed municipal election: 17 for mayor, 43 at-large, 14 in district 1, 77 in district 2, seven in district 3, 17 in district 4 and three in district 5. See all write-in recipients here. Two people thought that instead of choosing Allen Thomas […]


Recount Confirms Smiley Victory

Rick Smiley, District 4

By Guardian Staff Terri Williams’ second bite at the apple for Greenville’s district 4 city council seat in this year’s municipal election has produced the same result as her first, a loss to Rick Smiley. Williams requested a recount of the results, which showed Smiley with an 11-vote margin after certification Tuesday. Today’s recount added […]


Wetherington Files Election Protest

Katherine Wetherington, from the campaign's Facebook page

by Lisa Ellison Editor Katherine Wetherington, who challenged Marion Blackburn for Greenville’s district 3 city council seat and lost by 60 votes, has, like Terri Williams, filed a formal protest requesting a new election. Below are the documents submitted yesterday with Wetherington’s filing. On the protest form, Wetherington claims an error occurred in vote count […]


UPDATED: Williams Protests Election

Terri Williams

by Lisa Ellison Editor The Guardian has investigated charges made in Terri Williams’ formal protest of the results for District 4 in Greenville’s municipal election. Here is what we’ve found so far: In reference to a signed statement by Ashley Wetherington included with the protest filing, one of the poll workers, who requested anonymity citing […]


Election 2013: Smiley Wins District 4

Election 2013: Smiley Wins District 4

By Guardian Staff Results for the 2013 municipal election have been certified by the Pitt County Board of Elections. Rick Smiley secured the District 4 victory he claimed on election night, adding 8 provisional votes to his tally this morning. Terri Williams picked up 10 more votes, so Smiley’s election-night margin of 13 has shrunk […]


UPDATE: Williams Requests Recount

UPDATE: Williams Requests Recount

Guardian Staff report 1:24 p.m., November 6: Pitt County Board of Elections Director Dave Davis says Greenville District 4 city council candidate Terri Williams, who lost to Rick Smiley by 13 votes in unofficial tallies, has requested a recount. Here is the text from the BoE’s e-mailed announcement, timestamped 12:13 p.m. today: We have just […]


Voting Numbers Update

Voting Numbers Update

by Lisa Ellison Nearly 3,000 people in the county voted today by 10 a.m.. In the five hours since, another 4,062 have joined them, bringing the total number of voters in this municipal election up to 13,369 including the 6,348 who voted early. More than 10 percent of registered voters have now voted. Polls close tonight […]


Candidate Info–Repost

Candidate Info–Repost

Editor’s note: On October 21, we posted a list of community surveys, questionnaires and endorsements. For the last-minute voters, we’re re-posting that information. The link to find your polling place or information about your district can be found here.  We’ve brought you interviews and endorsements on the candidates for public office in Greenville, but want […]


Missing Signs Located

Missing Signs Located

by Lisa Ellison This is a follow-up to yesterday’s article about missing political signs. An email from Captain Rob Williams, Criminal Investigations Bureau officer in the Greenville police department, said, “I believe we located a significant portion of the missing signs.” The signs were found by the resident at 413 E. 2nd Street who said […]


Campaign Signs Missing Near University

These signs were not stolen.

by Lisa Ellison Candidates expect to lose a few signs to vandalism or weather, but residents in some neighborhoods near the University woke up to what looks like a targeted large-scale effort. According the the Campaign to Elect Rick Smiley (District 4) in a statement issued this afternoon at 2:30, several dozen of Smiley’s signs […]


TRUNA Document: Where it came from and what it says

TRUNA Document: Where it came from and what it says

by Lisa Ellison A webpage maligning renters  and rumored to have been published by a neighborhood association has been shown 1) not have been produced by the association and 2) to be a creative, as opposed to editorial, work.  The Tar River University Neighborhood Association (TRUNA) was accused of  publishing disparaging remarks about renters on […]


Candidates Appeal to Students

Candidates Appeal to Students

by Lisa Ellison East Carolina University’s Student Government Association hosted a forum for all candidates running for office in Greenville on Monday Oct. 28. The forum was an informal event: There were no timers, planned questions, or cards passed around for audience members’ questions. Each candidate was invited to speak for a few minutes on […]


District 3, City-Wide Forum Today

District 3, City-Wide Forum Today

Four District 3 neighborhoods, College Court-Coghill, Colonial Heights, TRUNA and River Hills, have organized a forum for the District 3 candidates for city council as well as the city-wide at-large and mayoral seats. The forum will be held at the Immanuel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall (1011 S. Elm Street). A meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. […]


Greenville Candidate Information Compiled

Greenville Candidate Information Compiled

We’ve brought you interviews and endorsements on the candidates for public office in Greenville, but want to put all the information you might want about the candidates in one place. If you know of a community group (not campaign materials) we do not have listed that has sent a survey to or endorsed candidates, please […]


The Guardian endorses…

The Guardian endorses…

In late July, the Greenville Guardian sent a questionnaire to all candidates in Greenville’s municipal elections. Eight candidates completed it and were invited to an interview. All eight participated. Editor Lisa Ellison sat down with these eight for about an hour each; if you’re a regular here, you’ve seen the transcripts. Our interviews and questionnaires […]


Candidate Interviews: At-Large and Mayor

Candidate Interviews: At-Large and Mayor

Early voting begins today in Greenville’s municipal election. Voters will select one City Council representative from each of five districts along with an “at-large” councilor and mayor. Click here for addresses and hours of polling places. In late July, The Guardian hand delivered to the address provided on each candidate’s election filing an invitation to […]


Candidate Interviews: District 5

Candidate Interviews: District 5

Early voting starts tomorrow in Greenville’s municipal election. Voters will select one City Council representative from each of five districts along with an “at-large” councilor and mayor. In late July, The Guardian hand delivered to the address provided on each candidate’s election filing an invitation to participate in a two-step voter education initiative. Step one […]


Candidate Interviews: Districts 3 and 4

Candidate Interviews: Districts 3 and 4

Early voting begins Thursday in Greenville’s municipal election. Voters will select one City Council representative from each of five districts along with an “at-large” councilor and mayor. In late July, The Guardian hand delivered to the address provided on each candidate’s election filing an invitation to participate in a two-step voter education initiative. Step one […]


Candidate Interviews: District 1

Candidate Interviews: District 1

Early voting begins Thursday in Greenville’s municipal election. Voters will select one City Council representative from each of five districts along with an “at-large” councilor and mayor. In late July, The Guardian hand delivered to the address provided on each candidate’s election filing an invitation to participate in a two-step voter education initiative. Step one […]


Links to Candidate Interviews

Links to Candidate Interviews

Beginning October 14, the Guardian ran full transcripts of interviews with candidates in Greenville’s municipal election. For an hour (more or less), Lisa Ellison sat down with each candidate to discuss the issues facing Greenville. Below are links to these extensive, candid conversations. District 1: Clinton Anderson and Kandie Smith. District 2: Rose Glover, who is […]


Gylfason Withdraws

Gylfason Withdraws

District 3 candidate Thor Gylfason has withdrawn his candidacy from the race in a letter dated Oct. 9 Pitt County elections director David Davis wrote in an email, “Due to ballots having already been printed, any votes cast for Mr. Gylfason will not be counted. We will be in contact with the State Board of Elections to determine […]


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