What about High Point’s city council?

By PotatoStew | October 7th, 2005 | 7:14 pm

There’s been a lot of coverage about the upcoming Greensboro City Council elections. However, living in High Point, I feel left out of it all. As far as I can tell, High Point has City Council elections coming up as well, but the only information I could find is this list of the candidates’ names (you’ll need to scroll down to pages three and four to see them). Is there coverage I’m missing? Are the High Point elections of no interest to anyone? Am I totally wrong and there’s actually no High Point election coming up? Somebody fill me in please.

5 Responses to “What about High Point’s city council?”

  1. Mark Binker Says:

    Hello. This is Mark at the N+R. Although my colleague Eric Collins would be a better choice to answer this, I think I field it.

    The upcoming election (Tuesday) is a primary. In order for there to be an election in a non-partisan primary (you don’t run under a party label for HP city council) a number of candidates equal to more than twice the number of spots available have to file to run.

    Put in real English, if there is one seat avaialble, and only two people file, there is no primary. If three people file, there is a primary to eliminate one of those three and the remaining two go to a general election. (In the case of there being two seats available, more than four folks would have to file for there to be primary.)

    No race in High Point tripped the primary threshold. So you’ll have yourself an election, you’ll just have to wait until November.

    –mark binker

  2. PotatoStew Says:

    Thanks Mark… that makes sense. Do you think, based on past experience, that there will be some decent coverage of the High Point candidates (in cases where there are two people going for a seat) as the November election draws closer, or do High Point elections generally not garner much coverage?

  3. SeymourHardy Says:

    PotatoStew,

    I’ve worked in High Point the last nine years, but I have never followed the political scene there as much as I probably should. (I do keep up with the educational politics that affect High Point, since I teach students directly affected by those politics.)

    I didn’t realize that High Point did not have enough candidates competing for any one position to justify a primary. (Thanks, Mark.)

    I do follow the City of Greensboro and Guilford County politics fairly closely. Part of the reason for that is because that’s where my interest in politics was first born. But it would be nice for High Point’s politics to receive more attention.

    I don’t know if you have the time to do so, but you could even add to people’s awareness yourself through your own posts.

    At any rate, I appreciate the issue you raised and do hope more blogging and more coverage will materialize from and for High Point.

    Sincerely,

    Hardy

  4. Mark Binker Says:

    Well, we have a whole bureau in High Point and back when I was the city council writer there (it’s been about 4 or 5 years) we wrote quite a bit about those elections (or in my case, the lack of elections due to them being delayed by the feds). I imagine the News & Record still would. You can catch up with folks who write more about these things at two of the paper’s other blogs:
    http://blog.news-record.com/staff/hpjamestown/

    and

    http://blog.news-record.com/scoopblog/

    (Our High Point blog and our local politics blog.) You might also send an e-mail to Denise Becker, our assistant city editor in High Point, at dbecker@news-record.com

    Thanks.

    –mark

  5. PotatoStew Says:

    “I don’t know if you have the time to do so, but you could even add to people’s awareness yourself through your own posts.”

    That’s a good point Hardy. I’ll have to start taking a look at the resources Mark mentioned, and see if I can manage to keep an eye on what’s happening.