Three people hope to become next High Point mayor

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Three men are hoping to become the next High Point mayor when voters weigh on Nov. 4.

Bill Bencini currently serves at the Vice Chair of the Guilford County Commissioners. He was also a High Point city councilman for 10 years who also helped develop the High Point Market Authority. Bencini said he'd like to see the public decide where to spend revitalization money.

"There's a big conversation going on in High Point about where such revitalization should take place and I think the people will come together eventually and decide where to put this," said Bencini.

Marcus Brandon  served two terms as a state representative for High Point. He's pushing for changes downtown because he feels residents need shopping and entertainment options in a central location.

"We have this great diamond in the rough that needs to be cultivated and this needs to be a city in which we all can enjoy  a good quality of life, a city where people can work, a city where people can play," said Brandon.

Jimmy Scott is a former radio talk show host who has spent his life in High Point. He believes better communication between the public and city leaders would help with revitalization and economic growth.

"I think that in the past the mayor and the city council, I'm not saying they haven't done a good job, but where I think they have failed is in being in touch with the citizens of High Point," said Scott.

All three men will attend a mayor's forum on Monday October 20 starting at 7 p.m. It will be held at Pennybyrn at Maryfield, 109 Penny Road in Ilderton Hall. Organizers say the format will be mostly question and answer.