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 let us know.
North Carolina Center for Voter Education, a service of UNC-TV, asked candidates to provide a biography and a statement. The following candidates participated.
Mayor (Best) (Thomas did not respond.)
At large (Mercer, Mitchell)
District 1 (Anderson, Smith)
District 2 (Rose Glover did not respond.)
District 3 (Blackburn) (Wetherington did not respond.)
District 4 (Smiley) (Williams did not respond.)
District 5 (Croskery, Overton, Woodley)
Democracy NC asked the candidates questions about opportunities for people of color, keeping the city “green,” economic development and improving town-gown relations. See their answers here. (Wetherington D3, Williams D4 and Overton D5 did not respond.)
The Arts Connection sent out a questionnaire about the arts: whether they enhance quality of life, the role of city council in development and support of the arts, using city funds for art, etc.. See the candidates’ responses here. (Anderson D1, Glover D2, Overton D5 and Woodley D5 did not respond.)
FROGGS asked the candidates three questions on how the role greenways play in their vision for Greenville, how greenway planning and construction should be funded, and which unbuilt portion of the greenway they would like to seek funding for soon. See the responses here. (Thomas (Mayor), Mitchell (at large), Smith D1, Williams D4 and Woodley D5 did not respond.)
Public access, GPAT-23, offered candidates an opportunity to air an interview or speech. Here are the links to those productions.
Tom Best, mayoral challenger
Allen Thomas, mayoral incumbent
Dennis Mitchell, at-large incumbent
Calvin Mercer, at-large challenger
Clinton Anderson, D1 challenger
Kandie Smith, D1 incumbent
Rose Glover, D2 incumbent (no video found)
Marion Blackburn, D3 incumbent
Katherine Wetherington, D3 challenger
Rick Smiley, D4 (open seat) (no video found)
Terri Williams, D4 (open seat) (no video found)
Richard Croskery, D5 (open seat)
Michael Overton, D5 (open seat)
J.C. Woodley, D5 (open seat)
GPAT-23 was also generous enough to put to put the video of the mayoral and at-large debates held at Eppes Recreation Center on Youtube so they would be more easily accessible.
Political action committee Common Ground endorses Tom Best (Mayor), Calvin Mercer (at large), Clinton Anderson (D1), Marion Blackburn (D3), Rick Smiley (D4), and Richard Croskery (D5).
The Cypress Group of the NC Sierra Club endorses Tom Best (Mayor), Calvin Mercer (at large), Marion Blackburn (D3), Rick Smiley (D4), and Richard Croskery (D5).
The Daily Reflector endorses Tom Best (Mayor), Calvin Mercer (at large), Kandie Smith (D1), Marion Blackburn (D3), Terri Williams (D4), and Richard Croskery (D5).
The Greenville Guardian endorses Tom Best (Mayor), Calvin Mercer (at large), Kandie Smith (D1), Marion Blackburn (D3), Rick Smiley (D4), and J.C. Woodley (D5).
Vote early this week, October 21-25, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Pitt County Agricultural Center Conference Room or at the Alice Keen Center Conference Room. For additional times and location, see here.
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