On Nov. 7, voters in Greenville will make an important decision about the future of the city by selecting the members of Greenville’s next city council. Greenville will have a new mayor, and there will be new councilmen in the at-large, District 3 and District 5 seats.
The District 1 and District 4 seats are contested as well, with only District 2 Councilwoman Rose Glover running unopposed this election.
Brian Meyerhoeffer and Christopher Nunnally are vying for the at-large seat, which is being vacated by Calvin Mercer, who is running for mayor. I am endorsing Meyerhoeffer to become the next at-large representative because I feel he is the best candidate to carry on former Mayor Allen Thomas’ goal of recruiting businesses to the area.
While I certainly respect Nunnally’s work with both his law practice and the West Side Strings school, which provides music education to residents in west Greenville, I am giving Meyerhoeffer my endorsement, and my vote, because of his approach to bringing more “living-wage” jobs to Greenville.
Meyerhoeffer, a 1999 graduate of East Carolina University and a graduate of the University of Baltimore’s School of Law, is a director in of the Office of Institutional Integrity at ECU. He practiced law in Atlanta before returning to Greenville in 2012.
Meyerhoeffer is campaigning on a platform of improving public safety and the city’s infrastructure, both of which he said are essential for sustaining the unprecedented growth in the city and attracting more employers to the area.
Eastern North Carolina’s economy traditionally has been based on agriculture, which cannot sustain the region’s current population.
Greenville has fared better than most municipalities in eastern N.C. because of Vidant Health and ECU, the main economic drivers of the city. However, the financial stability provided by Vidant Health and ECU will not be sustainable if Greenville cannot attract new industries.
Meyerhoeffer has pledged to support city parks improvements and other programs that enhance the quality of life for Greenville residents, help to recruit businesses and retain ECU graduates that leave the city each year after graduation.
“Things like parks and greenways … these are things that make a city more attractive to employers and entices people to stay here,” Meyerhoeffer said. “My goal is to help make Greenville a difficult place to leave and an easy place to return to.
“Samsung is building a new manufacturing plant in Greenville, South Carolina,” he said. “Samsung is moving there because they created favorable conditions. … There is no reason we can’t do that here and get these jobs.”
If Greenville is to continue its role as a leader of eastern N.C., the city must have leaders who are focused on economic development and providing more living wage jobs for residents in the city.
I feel that Brian Meyerhoeffer is the best candidate for the at-large seat to bring that focus to the Greenville City Council.