Winston-Salem primary preview
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tuesday is primary election day. The mayor and several city council members are up for re-election which has already resulted in strong records crowds during early voting.
2,442 people turned out for early voting according to the Forsyth County Board of Elections. Four years ago, 774 turned out for early voting.
“I’ve been pushing hard for jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Mayor Allen Joines. This is his fourth campaign for mayor since taking office in 2001. “We’ll continue to encourages jobs. We are going to work on a continued home ownership and our 10 year plan to end chronic homelessness.”
Joines’ only democratic challenger is Gardenia Henley, who has run unsuccessfully for the state house and the governor in the past. “I want to create a strong economy to where we wont have to pay companies to come to Winston-Salem,” said Henley. “They will come to Winston because they want to be here.”
Tuesday’s race will decided the mayors race as the only Republican primary challenger on the ballot pulled out of the race last month.