Kern for mayor?

I really enjoyed the political schmoozing before and after Wednesday’s meeting and was especially glad to run into two of my city recent council picks while eating pastries and drinking Starbucks at HPU:  Jim Melvin and Milton Kern.

Jim, I’m sure, just got a good laugh from my tongue-in-cheek recommendation.  Kern, however, had a different reaction to my serious editorial suggestion that he run for an at-large seat instead of mayor of Greensboro on his first time before the voters…

“I’m an all or nothing kind of guy.”

So I asked Milton when can we expect some kind of announcement about his intentions.  His reply: “I’ll probably announce something over Memorial Day weekend.“ 

I told him that should he decide to run it would place me in a bit of a quandry because some time ago I told now-announced mayoral candidate Yvonne Johnson I would be a likely supporter of her campaign.  Milton said he could be in a similar quandry because he had told Yvonne the same thing.

It would be highly unusual for someone to interrupt their Memorial weekend holiday to announce they’re not running for anything.  Sounds to me like we might have ourselves a horse race.

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  1. Brenda Bowers
    Posted May 18, 2007 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    I would like to see that since the consensus seems to be that Johnson has already been elected. Frankly, I would not vote for the lady. She is nice enough but does not stick to her principles. During the RMA report leak she went along with the lie detector testing and affidavit signing that Bellamy-Small refused to do. Then Yvonne Johnson was front and center at that ridiculous flop called a Declaration of Intolerable Racism in which the treatment of Bellamy-Small was listed as the first item
    or example. This I believe has been her habit all along. No, I would have a real problem with giving her my vote. We need a strong independent thinking leader as mayor after these years of confusion and incompetence. BB

    her my vote.e.

  2. Posted May 20, 2007 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    David, I am interested in learning more about Kern’s potential candidacy. But I know little about him except that he has been described in the papers as a downtown developer. What is your impression regarding what his core beliefs are regarding local government, and what his emphases would be?

    I suppose we may learn more soon enough.