Candidates, feel free to take my ideas

The other day, when I told Rhino editor and mafia hit-target John Hammer about my decision not to run for a council seat, again, this time around, he summed up my thinking and reasoning for sitting this one out.  “You’d go out of business.”, said he.

I don’t know if it would come to that but I do know that I would have to severely flatten-out my company’s tragectory.  I added my ninth employee last week and am still able to pay my bills and make payroll with a little money left over for future growth.

Priorities… you know.

But I don’t plan to be silent about local political goings-on despite the way it has appeared recently with my frequent lapses in blogging frequency.  I’m paying attention, I just have little time to get things written down.

Anyway… I’m on the sidelines this time out but hardly bereft of issues that I plan to forward.  I am starting with two in this week’s N&R column…

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The filing period for those hoping to take a seat on the Greensboro City Council is still open.  Once it closes next week, the slate from which we will choose to represent us for the next two years will be set.

My name won’t be on the ballot.  Again.

Following a respectable showing in a 2003 at large bid, I chalked up my defeat to three well-established incumbents, to experience.  I considered that first campaign as a name-building practice session that would serve me well for the next election cycle in two years’ time. 

My wife Jinni’s breast cancer kept me on the sidelines during the next election.  (She’s doing very well, by the way; still cancer free.)  My family needed me a lot more than Greensboro did in 2005, so I bided my time in the political arena and went to work – hard – to pay off the crushing medical bills that Jinni’s cure incurred.

Funny thing is about hard work; it creates success.  Success bred more success and caused my payroll to swell exponentially.  Lately, I find myself with hardly the time to be your humble, bi-weekly correspondent much less time enough to enter into a political campaign for a council seat that doesn’t pay the minimum wage.

So I’ll be on the sidelines again.  It will be from my benched position that I will alternately snipe at the heels of, and offer encouragement to, those brave and dedicated souls who will be running in my stead. 

But there is a way for candidates to hold my sniping to a minimum: agree with me on everything. 

As this election unfolds, I hope to use this space and my Web log to offer up planks from my again-shelved platform.  Starting with the following issues, candidates who adopt them as their own will earn my support. 

Truth & Reconciliation Commission – Through ignorance and arrogance, the majority of our current Council totally blew it on this issue.  I’m not suggesting that candidates should take to the stump and agree with all of the findings and conclusions of the Commission, because there’s plenty to disagree in those 500 pages.  But neither should any candidate be allowed to pretend the Commission never convened at all as our current council has done.  Read the report, thank the Commission for its work, and then pledge to discuss their recommendations in full council session.

There is healing to be found in that report and Greensboro could use some healing.  If any candidate disagrees with that, he or she probably should not be running for office.

Historic Preservation – Like natural resources, our historic resources are finite and worth the effort it takes to plan for their preservation.  Learn from the fact that property values in Greensboro’s three designated historic district neighborhoods are increasing faster than their non-designated counterparts.

Save and adaptively re-use what we have left of our architectural heritage including one of Greensboro’s most endangered landmarks: beleaguered War Memorial Stadium.

Save for District 2 Councilwoman Goldie Wells, our current council is not very preservation-minded.  So, if you want to set yourself apart from the crowd, get out of bed with shiny-new developer types and cozy-up to us ‘hysterical’ preservationists.  We are a loyal lot with campaign money just burning holes in our pockets.

So, let the filings begin.  Early indications are that we will have some heated and healthy contests during this cycle.  To win, local candidates need winning ideas and positions.

Adopt mine, please.  I’ll not be using them for a few more years.

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  1. Posted July 18, 2007 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    Hi Mr Hoggard , I would be very happy to meet with you and listen to your ideas.

  2. tonywilkins
    Posted July 18, 2007 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    “There is healing to be found in that report and Greensboro could use some healing. If any candidate disagrees with that, he or she probably should not be running for office.”
    Hogg, although I was looking forward to casting my vote for you, I could not disagree more.
    It appears everyone but you and Nelson Johnson healed in the early 80′s with the Court’s decisions (slight exaggeration but you get my point). I would not cast a vote for anyone who stated they would recognize this effort that was initiated by one of the perpetrators.
    Maybe I’m just misinformed so could you take the time to answer a few questions for me?
    1) Was this effort initiated (and funding requested) by Nelson Johnson, one of the participants of the event?
    2) By your comments, are you insulting the Court’s decisions, the judicial process and the jurors involved?
    3) Did the group have any legal authority or subpoena power? (hence, let’s discuss things around the dinner table, change history to our liking, and then expect the City of Greensboro to embrace our misery 30 years later)
    I just do not understand why you would align yourself with a man whose self serving, wicked, and warped obsession with 1979 continues to try to divide our community.
    We’ll probably agree on more things than we disagree on and these comments are not meant to be disrespectful to you David.

  3. dhoggard
    Posted July 19, 2007 at 6:28 am | Permalink


    I am aligning myself, not with Johnson, but with my sincere belief that the events of ’79 caused much of the distrust that we are currently experiencing between official Greensboro and many parts of our community.

    I am no fan of Nelson Johnson – I agree with you that he is a divisive, 1960′s era, throwback and have little use for him and his ways.

    But, there were victims of that day – namely the residents of Morningside, who were never even acknowledged in the aftermath.
    Even 30 years later this is still important.


  4. meblogin
    Posted July 20, 2007 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Same as I told Ed way back when…you want to make a difference in Morningside…do it today…those folks have nearly the same struggles today as they did then. Give them a safe street today and they will thank you and forgive the past. (in my opinion)

    Ask folks younger than 30 about the Klan, CWP and Greensboro. Document how many have no idea what you are asking and what healing means to them.

    Greensboro faces the same similar challenges that most cities of same size share.

    I am glad to hear that your business is doing much better and that your wife continues to be cancer free.


  5. Ashanti
    Posted July 28, 2007 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    You are lot closer to the new and improved Nelson Johnson than you would have us believe