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Will Barrow Distinguish Herself from Smith?

Will Barrow Distinguish Herself from Smith?

D1 Candidates Debate Saturday by Dennis Mitchell, Election Correspondent and Lisa Ellison, Editor The first debate in our City Council Debate Series, co-sponsored by the Minority Voice, is coming up fast—Saturday morning, actually. District 1, one of two “majority minority” districts in the city, is comprised largely of Greenville north of the Tar River, an […]


(Most) Candidates Embrace Debates

photo: City of Greenville

by Lisa Ellison Editor September 2 update: Patrice Barrow accepted. McLean Godley, Angela Williams and Mayor Allen Thomas will not be participating in debates. Original story: After we at the Guardian posted this invitation to Greenville city council candidates to participate in a series of debates, I followed up with each each candidate by e-mail. I expected […]


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 […]


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 […]


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: 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 […]


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 […]


Smith Rides the Bus

Smith Rides the Bus

By Lisa Wilbourne Four years ago Kandie Smith, Greenville district one city councilor, took GREAT bus route 4, the one that serves her primarily north-of-the-river council district. Newly elected, Smith was eager to learn as much about her constituents as she could. Smith rode the bus again this month, on July 2. This time she […]


Smith seeks re-election in District 1

Smith seeks re-election in District 1

Dave Davis, Director of Elections at the Pitt County Board of Elections, reports District 1 councilor Kandie Smith, currently serving her second term, filed today for re-election. Filing tally so far, with links to our announcement posts: Mayor: Allen Thomas will seek re-election. At-large: Dennis Mitchell will seek re-election. District 1: Kandie Smith will seek re-election. […]


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 […]


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. […]


Respect, Decorum, Civility

Respect, Decorum, Civility

One of the most interesting parts of a city council meeting, and one of the most overlooked due to its place on the agenda, is “Comments from Mayor and City Council.” Occurring near the end of every meeting, it is a time when councilors – free of time limits – share announcements, thank people doing […]


Occupation, Communication, Recreation, Preservation: City Council’s October Decisions

Occupation, Communication, Recreation, Preservation: City Council’s October Decisions

By Lisa Wilbourne By far the most controversial topic discussed at City Hall in October was the change to the occupancy code for a small section of the city. Council voted 4-2 (Rose Glover, Max Joyner, Dennis Mitchell, Kandie Smith for; Marion Blackburn, Calvin Mercer against) to establish new rules in the Tar River-University neighborhood […]


Live Updates on Tonight’s Council Meeting

photo: City of Greenville

By Lisa Wilbourne The Greenville Guardian is excited to try out something new tonight.  We’re pleased to announce live updates on tonight’s city council vote on the three unrelated occupancy issue.  The meeting starts at 7 p.m. View the agenda here. Don’t forget to come back to see how it’s going.  The Greenville Guardian encourages […]


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