Below is a list of Democratic candidates who will be on the primary ballot in Guilford County. All the candidates were asked to submit a 100-word bio and photo. As more bios are submitted, they will be added to this post,
Because the Mayoral and City Council races are all nonpartisan, not all candidates on your ballot for those races will be Democrats.
(Note: Candidates are listed in same order as on the Guilford County Board of Elections candidate list.)
FEDERAL, STATE AND COUNTY PRIMARIES
Constance (Lov) Johnson
My husband Curt and I raised our sons in a home steeped in faith and the belief in hard work. Those values led me to serve as a public defender, judge and Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court where I worked to keep communities safe, uphold the law, and protect our rights. In the Senate, I will fight for NC – to lower costs, expand access to health care, good-paying jobs, and strengthen our schools.
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Dr. Greg Antoine is a proud veteran of the US military, retiring as a Colonel. He has spent over 35 years as a healthcare professional serving some of the military’s most elite units and some of the most under privileged in America and around the world. He has also been an educator with more than 20 years’ experience in the classroom. Greg is the proud product of public education and understands the challenges facing most North Carolinians today. He has been serving his country and fellow Americans his entire life and is ready to serve as your next US Senator for North Carolina.
Alyssia Rose-Katherine Hammond
Dr. Tobias E. LaGrone, D. Min., clinical therapist, executive leader, small business owner, a candidate for the United States Senate. As a pro-life / whole life, democratic I believe that all life is sacred from the womb to the tomb, from the cradle to the grave. We need pro-family policies which empower families with affordable health care, excellent education, and nurturing growth environments where parents and children can thrive. I support best practices, evidence-based policies that provide:
- COMPASSIONATEcapitalism for theWORKING POOR
- CONSIDERATEcapitalism for theMIDDLE CLASS
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Marcus W. Williams
Attorney Marcus W. Williams, in his 43rd continuous year of the practice of law (MN/NC/PA), would be the most effective U.S. Senator that N.C. has experienced in several generations, due to his comprehensive, unique combination of acquired skills. He humbly asks for your vote and pledges to serve you with industry, integrity, honor and distinction. Please visit our WEBSITE, with the embedded Social Media contact connections, at: www.WilliamsHouseUSA.com.
James L. Carr, Jr.
James Carr was adopted at the age of five and raised in Lexington, NC by James & Virginia Carr Sr. Coming from a working-class family, James held jobs in textiles, dairy, and retail, before entering the military. Upon his completion of service, James used the G.I. bill to pay his way through college where he obtained a degree in accounting. Upon graduation, James achieved his CPA certification and worked in corporate accounting. Later, James pursued his real passion by transitioning to the IT field. James now works in IT and resides in Harrisburg, NC with his wife and kids.
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This US Senate Race is the most critical in our 233-year-old democracy. As Republican state legislatures erode our right to self-govern through gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, and partisan election committees, passing Voting Rights legislation should be the number one priority for all Democrats this election cycle. I am the candidate with the right mix of experience, determination, and demeanor to win this race and get Voting Rights legislation passed to ensure our continued democracy.
I always had been taught to help my neighbors, discovering the joys of service, sharing, and sacrifice – and I now am ready to grow in service to all other persons in society, in particular to the people of North Carolina, to the people of the United States, making use of a formation in solidarity offered to me by taking part in different kinds of volunteer work through the years.
N.C. HOUSE DISTRICT 59
As a service member, I’ve always known it’s my responsibility to speak up for those who are so often voiceless. I’ve always known it’s my duty to stand up and fight for my community. After serving in both the Marine Corps and Army National Guard, where I earned the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Army Commendation Medals in Iraq, I came home to Gibsonville. As your representative in Raleigh, I will speak out against intolerance, support fact-based policies and back robust funding for our public K-12 and community colleges.
I’m Eddie Aday, and I’m running for NC House District 59.
Avery Michelle Crump
I have 24 years as a dedicated public servant. My focus is helping victims of crime, juvenile justice, community safety, and second chances to those in need. I have 15 years as a prosecutor of serious violent offenses including rape and murder, and 9 years as a district court judge. Successfully lobbied the legislature for more staff to help alleviate backlog. I have helped over 12,000 residents get their licenses restored, provided alternatives to prosecution for minor non-violent offenses, and worked to keep our communities safe. It would be an honor to continue to serve as your District Attorney.
Brenton J. Boyce
Brenton attended N.C. A&T and N.C. Central School of Law, before working at Gray, Newell, Johnson and Blackmon. He practiced business, criminal defense, and entertainment law. In 2008, Brenton joined the Guilford County Public Defender’s office, where he represented clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies and tried several jury trials. He then joined The Montgomery & Haley Law Firm in Charlotte, where he practiced civil litigation and criminal defense. In 2013, he returned to Greensboro and started his own practice. He is also an adjunct professor at NC A&TStateUniversity and is married to his wife, CrystalW.Boyce.
GUILFORD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS AT-LARGE
Serving in Commissioner Leadership roles locally, statewide and nationally has provided a broad perspective of needs and pathways toward solutions. My Focus continues: Quality Education, Quality Jobs, Safe Environment. My Initiatives: Adolescent Drug Study; Family Justice Centers; Citizens Academy; Behavioral Health Centers; Homeless; V-Chair Board; Chair Audit; Liaison Library, JCPC, Arts; Southwest Renewal HP; Honored with “NC Outstanding Commissioner of Year” and Order of The Long Leaf Pine Awards. I have the TIME, EXPERIENCE,and DESIRE to continue serving our citizens as Commissioner At Large.”
I am a bi-vocational public school/college educator and congregational leader since 2003. I hold degrees from NCA&T and Wake Forest University. I’ve spearheaded initiatives such asthe Let Us Speak Forum on Equity and Economics at the Coliseum, the NC Student Leadership Congress, the Center-City Night of Inspiration to combat local crime, the Ballin’ -N- Bars festival to reduce gang activity, the Homelessness to Happiness program and more. Since 2018, I serve upon the NC Courts Commission, appointed by the Governor to represent NC citizens at large. I formerly served theHigh Point Schools Partnership board amongst other civic engagement.
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GUILFORD COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 7
Frankie T. Jones, Jr.
Frankie T. Jones, Jr., Esq. is the current Guilford County Commissioner for District 7. He is also a Vice President at Lincoln Financial. Prior to Lincoln, Commissioner Jones was a partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP. He earned his B.A. from Davidson College and his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the University of Virginia. His prior local government experience includes service on six different boards, including Chairman of the Guilford County Planning Board and Chairman of the Greensboro Board of Adjustment. His current/prior community involvement includes NAACP, Triad Goodwill, Gateway Research Park, Greensboro Sports Council, Team Voyage, and Piedmont Land Conservancy.
Anthony Izzard, Program Director for the Fathers Strengthening Families Program Greensboro N.C. and Fatherhood Coordinator just recently for Proud Fathers United (Guilford Child Development) Anthony has worked with fathers/families for over 20 years.
Anthony has served on Guilford Nurse-Family Partnership (CAB), NC Medicaid Waiver Advisory Board, Infant Mortality Advisory Board, Greensboro Human Rights Commission, Greensboro Parks and Recreation Commission, and MLK Day Planning Committee.
A graduate of Ben L. Smith High School and NC A&T State University. He’s the co-parent of one daughter Brianna and son named Brandan Anthony
Married to Dr Dara Wilson, Chiropractor a Bennett Belle Alumnae
I am a lifelong resident of Guilford County and operate the nonprofit Turning Everything Around. In 2011, I earned my Degree in Sociology, from NC A&T State University.
My participation in Greensboro City, Guilford County Citizen’s and Greensboro Citizens Police Academy’s, taught me the operations of every department in our local government.
I’m currently secretary of the Greensboro Transit Advisory Commission, Chair of the GTAC Marketing and Communications Sub-Committee, co-chair of the Gate City Alumni Student Engagement and Recruitment Committee and hosting a podcast, sharing strategies for thriving. I have the knowledge, skills and experience to serve.
CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT
Guilford County has been Lu-Ann’s home for the last 30 years. She earned a Sociology degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and then began working in both the judicial and non-profit sectors. She worked in the Guilford County Clerk’s Office from 2012 to 2020. In 2020, Lu-Ann began working as a Program Coordinator for a local non-profit organization. She is invested in overcoming barriers to ensure that people are afforded services equitably.
For more information on Lu-Ann’s platform please visit her website, www.WilkinsonforClerk.com, Facebook page @WilkinsonforClerk, or Instagram page @Wilkinson_4_Clerk. If you would like to contact the candidate directly, please email her at Wilkinson4Clerk@gmail.com.
Lisa Y. Johnson-Tonkins
Lisa Johnson-Tonkins is a native of Guilford County and has been married for over 25 years and has three children. Since 1994, Lisa has been a committed and loyal Democrat. She graduated from NCA&T and NCCU Law School.
Lisa has over 25 years of experience with the judicial system. She has been a paralegal, an Associate Attorney in a mid-size law firm, an Assistant District Attorney and now serves as clerk since 2014. As Clerk, Lisa has worked diligently to improve the clerk’s office by providing Consistency, Efficiency, and the Ultimate in Community Service.
Please visit: www.lisajt4clerk.com
Facebook: Lisa Johnson-Tonkins Guilford County Clerk of Superior Court
Sheriff Danny H. Rogers was sworn into office in 2018. A native of
High Point, he graduated from SW Guilford and earned an associate degree
in theology, a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, and a master’s degree in Executive management and public leadership. He was presented the North Carolina Dogwood Award.
He implemented the Citizens Roundtable, Sheriff’s Youth Academy, Jr. Deputy and Re-Entry Programs, and the Street Crimes & Special Enforcement Team.
A member of the NC Sheriff’s Association, he serves on the Alcohol & Drug Services Board, the BOTSO Advisory Committee, Task Force for Safer Schools and TREC Law Enforcement Advisory Panel.
Therron J. (T.J.) Phipps
Profession: Captain (Ret.) Greensboro Police
Education & Training: Bachelor of Business Administration (James Madison University); FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA (University of Virginia); Police Executive Research Forum, Senior Management Institute for Police (Boston University); Administrative Officers Course, Southern Police Institute (University of Louisville)
Military Service: Infantry commander, Army Reserve
Certification: Certified assessor, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies
Community Service(past/present): Guilford College, Board of Visitors; NAACP Executive Committee/Armed Services & Veterans’ Affairs Committee chair; Other Voices, Steering Committee; Partners Ending Homelessness, Discharge Planning Team; Junior Achievement, instructor; Faith Action International, adviser; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Life Member
Born and raised amidst a civil war in El Salvador. After my father was granted asylum as a freedom fighter, I was blessed to have the opportunity to migrate to the US. After obtaining my high school diploma, I went off to attend college/vocational school where I obtained an HVAC electrical mechanical degree. In pursuit of my dream to become a law enforcement officer, I joined the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. My background in law enforcement consists of serving and protecting my community for 11 years. I gained law enforcement experience working for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and Greensboro Police Department.
MUNICIPAL PRIMARIES (Party affiliation does not appear on ballot.)
Justin Outling serves District 3 on the Greensboro City Council and is a practicing attorney. He graduated from UNC Greensboro and Duke Law. In New York he represented financial institutions and corporations and won a major award for pro bono work on behalf of domestic workers. He and his wife Cora have two children, Clark, and Clara. He is the recipient of numerous awards and has been recognized by the News & Record in its list of Top 20 People of Influence and by the Triad Business Journal as a Top 40 Leader Under 40.
Since 2013, I have been honored to serve the residents and businesses of Greensboro as their mayorWe have been through a lot of difficult times together; a devastating tornado, a pandemic, a Covid related recession (and recovery) and issues surrounding public safety.Through it all I have shown strong, steady leadership.People need a mayor who puts them first.Above their own professional career.Our residents and businesses deserve a mayor who is present, available and responsive.I believe that it’s “our time” and I know that I am the person who is best equipped to carry us forward.
Mark Timothy Cummings
GREENSBORO CITY COUNCIL AT-LARGE (You may vote for three.)
Dr. Linda Richardson Wilson is a long-term Greensboro resident, calling this amazing city home for over 35 years since graduating from her beloved alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University. Linda is a retired health professional, education advocate, and concerned citizen that believes Greensboro can and should be the premiere city to live, work, and play for all residents. Her campaign is centered on overall wellness for all of Greensboro, specifically focusing on our efforts to enhance public safety, increase affordable housing, and continue to support inclusive economic development.
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Tracy Furman, Greensboro native attended Grimsley High School. She moved away for college and spent some time in Baltimore and Washington DC before returning to raise her family in 2000. Tracy is a small business owner and executive director for Triad Local First, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting locally owned independentbusinesses. Tracy wants to focus on Jobs, Housing and Transportation as the issues that need the most attention as an At Large City Council person. She ran at large to support all of Greensboro. She is endorsed by Guilford For All and the Guilford County Community PAC.
Franca Jalloh was born in Sierra Leone and has lived in the United States for over 21 years. She has over 15 years of legal experience as a Department of Justice Accredited Representative. She serves on Greensboro’s Criminal Justice Advisory Commission, Police Community Review Board, and Ad-Hoc Committee for Disparity Studies. She is the first female Chair of Greensboro’s International Advisory Committee (I.A.C.) and a graduate of Greensboro’s City Academy and Police Citizens’ Academy.
Franca’s 4 platform areas include 1) justice & public safety, 2) economic opportunity, 3) housing, and 4) education. She has been endorsed by over ten organizations and community PACs.
Mail: PO Box 7795, Greensboro, NC 27417,
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Yvonne J. Johnson
I have honorably served the residents of Greensboro as an At Large Representative since 2011. My record speaks for itself and I have stayed true to my initial platform of: Public Safety, Economic Development and Infrastructure.
*Public Safety-continue helping build relationships between public safety and the community.
*Economic Development-continue to meet with stakeholders to attract businesses to Greensboro and advocate for our small businesses.
*Infrastructure-continue making sure our infrastructure is sound.
Residents feel comfortable reaching out to me and I am honored to be able to serve them.
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GREENSBORO CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
I am Sharon Hightower, Greensboro City Councilwoman of District 1 currently serving my 3rd term, first elected in 2013. Since my time on Council, I have worked tirelessly to improve housing conditions, expand bus services, and adding sidewalks in underserved areas. Eradicating poverty by insuring jobs that pay a living wage continues to be the top priority. I have led the effort to increase Minority business opportunity through our (MWBE) Minority Women Business Enterprises. When re-elected, I will remain “committed to community” to advocate for fairness and equity that enhances the quality of life for the residents of District 1.
GREENSBORO CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
Goldie Frinks Wells, a retired educator, has served as President of Saints Academy and College. She served as Title I Director for the Iredell-Statesville Schools and taught in the Raleigh-Wake and Guilford County School Systems. In November 2005 she was elected as Greensboro City Councilwoman for District 2 and served for two terms. Currently, she is serving as Councilwoman for District 2 and she is running for re-election because she believes there’s still work to be done. She has been an advocate on various projects and have been results-driven for her constituents and the city of Greensboro.
Cecile (“CC”) Crawford
Cecile “CC” Crawford is running for Greensboro City Council District 2. An alumna of NC A&T and UNCG, she’s been a precinct officer for G07, volunteered for a presidential campaign, and organized around housing, healthcare and living wages for educators.
Like many in District 2, CC understands the challenges of parenthood, serious illness, and the need for good, affordable housing, healthcare, education, transportation, and livable wages.
CC is committed to making tangible changes by fighting for wages we can live on, housing we can afford, and safe communities we can live and thrive in.
Campaign Email: PeopleforCecileCrawford@yahoo.com
GREENSBORO CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 3
My goal in running for City Council is to work with residents to build a New Greensboro. This means that we will work together to create new opportunities and a better quality of life for everyone in our city. Building a New Greensboro means that City Council is truly focused on creating strong economic development and good jobs. And, building a New Greensboro means that we work together to make sure our city is safe for all residents. I was appointed by President Obama to a leadership position in the Small Business Administration. This experience offers real resources for Greensboro.
Phone: (336) 500-3608
GREENSBORO CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5
Tammi Thurm currently represents District 5 on City Council. She moved here to attend UNCG and has stayed here to raise her family. In her first term, Tammi championed Greensboro’s first permanent supportive housing project. Tammi advocated expanding the non-discrimination ordinance to include our smaller businesses and advocated for written consent. And since taking office, Tammi has worked to bring jobs and development to Greensboro. With the announcements of Boom Supersonic, Toyota, and thousands of other jobs, it is clear that Greensboro is booming. We hope to count on your support, so we can continue the progress we’ve started.