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From the Editor’s Couch: Contestants for Mayor Heard

Ellison and Dudley Moore are roughly the same height.

by Lisa Ellison, editor The Daily Reflector held its mayoral debate last night. Lots of people and media attended. Why, even the mayor was there! I was pleased to get a seat towards the front, between two people I know and was glad to see, even if briefly. The questions were good, covering topics from planning […]


Mayor Claims Success, Challengers Disagree

photo: City of Greenville

by Dennis Mitchell Election correspondent Allen Thomas, running for his third term as mayor of Greenville, faces two challengers who hope to end his tenure by calling him out on his record. Via email, Thomas touted a litany of notable national rankings Greenville has received over the last few years, as indicators of his success […]


Election 2015: Blackburn on Local Business and Economic Investment

Marion Blackburn, District 3

Editor’s note: Today, the first day of filing for municipal elections, brought six hopefuls to the Board of Elections. Terry Boardman, who is challenging Rick Smiley for District 4 was the only person not currently serving to file. Incumbents Mayor Allen Thomas, at-large councilor Calvin Mercer, D4’s Smiley, D3’s Marion Blackburn and D1’s Kandie Smith […]


UPDATED: Mercer Confirms Electoral Intentions

UPDATED: Mercer Confirms Electoral Intentions

Guardian Staff report UPDATED, Wednesday, May 20, 9 a.m. — In a press release distributed via email at 4 a.m. Wednesday, Calvin Mercer confirmed that he does not intend to run for mayor this fall. “Since it leaked in the Greenville Guardian,” the release reads, “I’ll confirm I intend to file for re-election to the […]


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 […]


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 […]


An (Imaginary) Interview With Allen Thomas

Allen Thomas

By Anthony Noel I’ve been watching Mayor Allen Thomas since he was Pitt County P&Z representative Thomas. I’ve given him multiple chances to explain why he remained in that seat for months after he was legally required to step down. More recently I’ve asked him about his outsize campaign signs posted in rights of way, in […]


LIVE UPDATES: Mayoral Candidates Debate

LIVE UPDATES: Mayoral Candidates Debate

by Andrew Gorman Tonight (Tuesday, October 8) at 6:30, Tom Best and Allen Thomas will debate at Eppes Recreation Center (400 Nash Street). This debate, like the at-large and district 1 debates, is sponsored by Benevolence Corps, moderated by Keith Cooper. Candidates will arrive at 5:45 for casual conversation with those present. Food will be served. […]


Mayor On Campaign Signs: No Comment

Mayor On Campaign Signs: No Comment

From: Anthony Noel [tonyn@greenvilleguardian.org] Sent: Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:19 PM To: Allen M. Thomas Subject: campaign signs Good afternoon Mr. Mayor, I hope you are doing well. I am writing to you for comment on The Greenville Guardian’s recent reporting on the placement of your campaign signs, some of which appear to be in […]


Thomas Campaign Signs May Violate State Law

Thomas Campaign Signs May Violate State Law

by Anthony Noel Late last week we reported on campaign signs of Mayor Allen Thomas and At-Large Councilman Dennis Mitchell which appeared to be posted in roadway rights of way, in violation of state law. Today – 30 days before the start of one-stop early voting – is the day candidates may legally place signs […]


Breaking the Rules, Again

Breaking the Rules, Again

By Anthony Noel Mayor Allen Thomas and at-large city councilor Dennis Mitchell are at it again: Ignoring the rules. We’ve already reported on Thomas’ extended stay on Greenville’s planning and zoning commission prior to his election two years ago. Mr. Mitchell’s $500,000-plus indebtedness to the IRS, meanwhile, is fast becoming a campaign issue. And now, […]


District 5 and City-wide Forum

District 5 and City-wide Forum

Carolina East and Olde Westhaven neighborhood associations have invited candidates for Districts Two and Five as well as candidates for the city-wide seats, at large and mayor, to the University Church of Christ (100 Cresline Boulevard). The only candidate for the District Two seat, long-time councilor Rose Glover will not be able to attend due […]


Mayor invested in sweepstakes owner’s business

Mayor invested in sweepstakes owner’s business

By Guardian Staff Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas asserted in Sunday’s Daily Reflector that he severed ties to sweepstakes company Biltmore Venture Group II in January 2012 because he “didn’t like the direction the company was taking” and “wanted to invest his resources elsewhere.” Thomas told the paper he had invested in a company called Zabra, and had […]


Mayor Thomas and Sweepstakes: A Timeline

Mayor Thomas and Sweepstakes: A Timeline

By Guardian Staff Here’s a timeline of events surrounding Allen Thomas’s involvement with sweepstakes businesses in Greenville, a story broken September 1 in The Daily Reflector. March 16, 2009 Biltmore Venture Group, LLC (Limited Liability Company) files creation papers with the N.C. Secretary of State. In subsequent annual reports, the company lists Paul Adkison, John […]


UPDATED: More Actual Journalism

UPDATED: More Actual Journalism

By Anthony Noel Allen Thomas’ inferred lack of awareness of his duty to step down as Pitt County’s ETJ representative on the Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission upon moving out of the ETJ in 2011 becomes a little harder to understand based on the minutes of P&Z’s February 2011 meeting. Previous reporting indicates that Thomas […]


“Objective” vs. Actual Journalism

“Objective” vs. Actual Journalism

By Anthony Noel Preface Nobody ever got into journalism for the money. That old saw, sadly true, begs (among the uninitiated, anyway) the question, “Then why do they?” Altruistic as it may sound, I am completely convinced that people get into journalism because they believe, initially at least and above all else, in the public’s […]


Whence We Came

Whence We Came

By Lisa Ellison Editor Some people have wondered what prompted us to begin this unlikely venture, a non-profit, reader-supported, ad-free online newspaper devoted to politics, policy, social and cultural issues affecting Greenville and Pitt County. The short answer to that question is indifferent journalism. When Greenvillians went to the polls for the 2011 municipal election, […]


Meet Your Candidates

Meet Your Candidates

by Lisa Ellison, editor We’ve given you the candidates’ rankings of their priorities for the city. Below you will find the candidates’ other responses to our questionnaire. They are organized by seat. Asked, “If elected, how will you view your role in city operations?,” the candidates were given three choices: I will help run Greenville […]


Letter: Two Choices for Mayor

Letter: Two Choices for Mayor

Greenville residents have the opportunity to choose between two candidates in the upcoming municipal election. How to decide? You have a choice between someone who moved into the city only months before filing to run, won the election, and has taken every opportunity to overlay his personal preferences on city operations. His childish conduct when […]


Town Hall Verdict: Waste of Time

Town Hall Verdict: Waste of Time

Last night’s “Town Hall Meeting,” scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m., ran from 5:55-7:10. Mayor Thomas and Councilor Dennis Mitchell, the at-large representative, the forum organizers, took no questions despite the remaining twenty minutes of scheduled time.  Here’s how the meeting transpired. Upwards of 60 people gathered at the bar at the Mellow Mushroom eager to hear […]


Elected Officials hold Town Hall Meeting

Elected Officials hold Town Hall Meeting

by Lisa Ellison Wilbourne Mayor Allen Thomas and At-large Councilor Dennis Mitchell will hold a town hall meeting tonight (Tues., July 30) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mellow Mushroom (2020 Charles Boulevard). The planned topics include current economic development projects, the river study and the city’s new crime plan. Mitchell says there will also be […]


Mayor Thomas runs again

Mayor Thomas runs again

According to Allen Thomas’ 1 p.m. public Facebook post, he seeks another two years as mayor of Greenville.       Elected in 2011, he is currently serving his first term. Filing tally so far: Mayor: Allen Thomas will seek re-election. At-large: Dennis Mitchell will seek re-election. District 3: Marion Blackburn will seek re-election. District 5: Rick […]


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