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Mitchell Talks About Time on Council

Dennis Mitchell

by Lisa Ellison Dennis Mitchell, the one-term At-Large City Council representative (2011-2013) sat down with the Greenville Guardian on Tuesday and said a little about his experience on council and what might be next for him. Did you like being on council? I did. I guess now that I’m off I probably appreciate it and enjoy […]


Removing Barriers for Job Seekers

Removing Barriers for Job Seekers

by Lisa Ellison People convicted of crimes or who have been incarcerated will no longer have to disclose that information on most job applications for positions with the city of Greenville, thanks to a “community success” initiative put forward by Dennis Mitchell in his final city council meeting. “The ‘Ban the Box’ initiative allows people […]


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 […]


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 […]


Mitchell-Mercer Debate Tonight

Mitchell-Mercer Debate Tonight

The first of three debates hosted by local human service non-profit organization Benevolence Corps will be held tonight at Eppes Recreation Center (400 Nash Street). Tonight’s debate features candidates for the at-large seat, incumbent Dennis Mitchell and challenger Calvin Mercer (the current District 4 councilor). The candidates will arrive at 5:45 p.m. to socialize with […]


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 […]


Letter: Mayor Thomas “Presiding”

Letter: Mayor Thomas “Presiding”

As he presides at the beginning of each City Council meeting, Mayor Allen Thomas introduces himself and announces, “I’ll be moderating the meeting this evening.” As a consequence of that announcement, appropriateness of behavior or conduct, decorum, should be assumed. Unfortunately, Thomas frequently disregards this requirement of conventional, polite behavior, and the unsuitableness of his […]


At-Large: Mitchell “Calls Out” Mercer

Dennis Mitchell

By Lisa Ellison Editor Dennis Mitchell is seeking a series of formal debates with Calvin Mercer, his challenger for the at-large seat on city council in the November election. In a “press release” posted today on his Facebook page, Mitchell said, “My opponent has already shown he has the intention of making this race about […]


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 […]


Question to Candidates: What kind of city do you want?

Question to Candidates: What kind of city do you want?

by Lisa Ellison, Editor On Friday we asked you, our readers, to think about what Greenville’s priorities should be. Your lists are still coming in–thank you! Taken seriously, it’s a challenging task. We’d all love to live in a place that could focus on growing all parts of the city at one time: A place […]


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 […]


Council Goes Green: Environmentally Friendly Policies in April

Council Goes Green: Environmentally Friendly Policies in April

By Lisa Wilbourne On April 11, city council made three environmentally friendly votes. One will allow for solar farming in the city; another to begin studying the Tar River to preserve it and promote development and ecotourism; and the third, for council to go paperless. They also voted to approve a set of parking recommendations […]


Motions Not Made: Sneaking Words into City Code

Motions Not Made: Sneaking Words into City Code

by Lisa Wilbourne In February, four residents told city council they are disenfranchised because, not owning their properties, they cannot vote in their neighborhood associations. They argue a significant portion of the city’s population is cut off — not only from inclusion in their own neighborhoods, but from the city’s Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB), a […]


When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

When Mistrust Rules: Council’s February Split Vote Analysis

by Lisa Wilbourne Debate Over Early Voting Sites The outcome of city council’s discussion on early voting sites for the municipal election this November was reported in February Council Review. It reads, “In preparation for this year’s municipal elections, the Pitt County Board of Elections sought input from the city on whether they would like […]


February Council Review

February Council Review

by Lisa Wilbourne Greenville’s City Council held three regular meetings (Feb. 11, 14, 25) instead of the usual two this month. The following is a breakdown of what they did. Split vote decisions are listed first (watch for a separate article on the debates surrounding these votes); unanimous votes second. Items council did not vote […]


But Who Installed the Screws in the Speed Cushions?

But Who Installed the Screws in the Speed Cushions?

Silly-seeming at first glance, issues like the speed bumps in Uptown Greenville, which were discussed at length during the February 11 meeting of the city council, provide an opportunity to review what council is supposed to be doing, and reflect on whether they are doing it. “The Mayor and City Council,” reads the elected officials […]


Analysis: Making Bradford Creek Work

Analysis: Making Bradford Creek Work

by Lisa Wilbourne Quick Summary To make Bradford Creek, the city’s golf course, able to cover its own operating costs, a golf course management and operational consultant reports the city needs to do these four things. Hire a general manager. Increase marketing to get more rounds played per year. Increase playing fees. Fund capital improvements. […]


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