Election Watch 2015: Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville mayor Allen Thomas wants voters to ask themselves before heading to the polls, is the city improving?

“I’ve been here fighting the fight for the past three to four years when neither of my opponents had been involved in the city of Greenville at all,” Thomas said.

During the past four years, he said his accomplishments include helping to bring in $400 million in economic investment, starting a $50 million fund to build new housing and working to get $300 million in new roads.

“Clear progress can be seen throughout the city of Greenville with a professional approach to economic development, with a professional approach to law enforcement and safety.”

His opponents criticized his approach to law enforcement, pointing out rises in murders, rapes and aggravated assaults this year.

He argued crime is overall down since he took office including murders.

“There’s always going to be a city of our size and scope one desperate person with a weapon,” he said. “But it’s how you respond to that.”

He also responded to a Board of Elections complaint claiming he illegally posted anonymous comments online criticizing other council candidates.

He claimed the charge came from opponents trying to oust him from office.

“They ran a candidate in 2013. now they’re running a candidate in 2015, and that’s okay, I think different viewpoints are good in an election,” he said.

When asked by a WNCT 9 On Your Side reporter whether he denies the charge, he responded, “Yeah I think the same thing as 2015 and 2013 and 2011, you’ve got a handful of negative folks that want to focus on that instead of growing this city.”

He said his accomplishments are only the beginning for Greenville.

“You haven’t seen anything yet,” Thomas said. “We’re going to go from a city that has been reactive in approach several years ago to now proactive.”

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