At the monthly meeting of C4GC tonight, we had the opportunity to hear John Brown speak. Mr. Brown is running for mayor of the city of Greensboro.
He gave the impression that he is a fiscal conservative who does not support non-essential projects. In addition, he expressed seemingly genuine support for the city's police officers.
He has a working knowledge of the city's financial and accounting gimmicks that enable excessive spending. Indeed, he seems to be fairly insightful in this regard. But he overall appears to be troubled by the manner in which the city's future prospects-- and the city's overall level of success -- have been hindered by the manner in which it has been managed and led.
Brown presents his ideas very effectively; and seems to be a substantive candidate, at least on the surface. More vetting, of course, is needed.
Nancy Vaughan has not yet declared for re-election. Many presume that she will run; but that may not necessarily be a foregone conclusion. There is apparently some feeling out there that Justin Outling might run for mayor. It would be a downright shame if he were to succeed in that regard. But he fits the typical Melderec con Simkins profile.
If John Brown turns out to be the right man, it would be wonderful if good people throughout the city could unite behind him. Greensboro, after all, is circling the drain; and needs a complete turnaround. For him to be effective, however, he needs at least several more like-minded colleagues on the city council.