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School board’s vice chairwoman, Darlene Garrett, should step aside

GREENSBORO, NC — Ignoring those who are trying to help is not a wise choice for Guilford County Schools or our community. On Oct. 9, the day before the board meeting, seven black community leaders met with the board’s vice chairwoman, Darlene Garrett. We called for her to step aside as vice chair. We reminded Garrett of her history of inconsistency and her seeming inability to represent the entire school district. Garrett’s constituent base is primarily white and affluent, while the district primarily serves children of color and the poor. She denied being one of the “four votes” Sharpe referred to. Yet, she finds herself again not in support of a second black superintendent hired by the district.

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Mike Barber’s police body camera baloney

GREENSBORO, NC — At the League of Women voters Greensboro City Council candidates forum on Tuesday, Councilman Mike Barber said this about police body worn cameras: “I want every body worn camera worn by a police officer to live stream on the internet.” Baloney. This is a canard belied as untrue by Barber’s actions.

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Wells snubs Black Lives Matter; says primary results speak for themselves

GREENSBORO, NC — Brinson is primarily focusing on leveraging his bloc of support to advance the Black Lives Matter agenda in the general election. Rather than formally endorse Wells or Kee, Brinson said he proposed a candidate forum that would include Black Lives Matter, the Stop the Violence Movement, young NAACP members and the Ole Asheboro neighborhood, to let his supporters decide for themselves. Kee readily agreed, but Wells told Brinson in a phone conversation on Friday that she didn’t think the forum was necessary and the primary election results spoke for themselves.

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Nancy Vaughan dominates Greensboro mayoral primary

GREENSBORO, NC — Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan deflected challengers from both the left and right with a solid 61.5 percent of the vote in unofficial results from Greensboro’s municipal primary on Tuesday night. “I’m feeling very happy,” Vaughan said, as fellow council members congratulated her at the board of elections in the Old Courthouse. “I believe it’s validation that the city is on the right track.”

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Local elections are just as important as national ones

GREENSBORO, NC — At such a divisive time in politics, people often get caught up in large national elections and forget about local elections. These elections can have large impacts on the lives of citizens and are still overlooked. One of the first steps in taking political action is voting in local elections. The everyday lives of citizens are much more impacted by city council and mayoral elections. They are in charge of local laws, policy and other important aspects of our daily living.

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