On Oct. 10, primary elections for Greensboro City Council will be held across the five districts. UNCG is located in District 4 which also encompasses Friendly Shopping Center. The College Hill and Glenwood neighborhoods, where many UNCG students live, are located in District 3.
Only two candidates are running in the District 4 primaries: Nancy Hoffmann and Gary Kenton. Hoffmann is the incumbent and has held the representative position since 2011. She is originally from Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she received her bachelor’s degree from Winthrop University. Following her undergraduate career, she earned her Masters in Education from the University of South Carolina. Hoffmann currently serves as Managing Director for Preston/Reffett LLC in Greensboro.
“Nancy is one of the hardest working, most visible and effective members of the City Council. Her leadership and vision is vital to moving Greensboro in the right direction. Her passion for our community and fervent support for UNCG is invaluable. Our community needs Nancy to continue her service on the Greensboro City Council,” said Michael Garrett, former president of the UNCG Alumni Association.
Gary Kenton is a former special education teacher with Guilford County schools and a founding member of Democracy Greensboro. He helped create Greensboro’s city-wide recycling program and thus served on Guilford County’s Soil & Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors for two terms. He currently is on the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters.
“I’m challenging the traditional view the council seems to take on economic development and other issues where they’re responding to the priorities of the most powerful and wealthiest people in Greensboro,” said Kenton to Greensboro’s News & Record.
In District 3, the candidates are Justin Outling, Craig Martin and Anturan Marsh. Outling is the incumbent and a UNCG alum, receiving his B.A. in political science in 2005. He later went on to earn his J.D. from Duke University. Since graduating law school, he has worked as an associate for two firms and was elected to the Greensboro City Council in 2015.
John Martin, a managing partner of GEMCAP, spoke of Outling saying, “I appreciate Justin’s proactive approach to economic development in Greensboro. I can personally attest to Justin’s support of policies to support job creation, downtown development, and smart growth across Greensboro. Further, as a constituent, I appreciate the fact that Justin has continuously been responsive and supportive with constituent service… Greensboro is very fortunate to have Justin leading the city.”
Craig Martin is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Elon University School of Law. He currently is a legal intern at Guilford County’s Public Defender’s Office.
“I want to figure out what’s best, not just for District 3, but for the whole city,” said Martin regarding his campaign. He intends on emphasizing economic development, government accountability, and inclusiveness if elected.
Currently there is no available information on Anturan Marsh.
Following the primary elections will be the general elections held on Nov. 7. Along with the district representatives, the mayor position is also up for election.