Second Candidate Files To Run Against Greenville Mayor

The Greenville mayor's race just became a three person race as the deadline to file for office came at noon.

The Pitt County Board of Elections says Robert O'Neal filed for the mayor's post. On Thursday Allen Thomas also filed.

O'Neal is a real estate broker who owns his own company. A Tarboro native, O'Neal says he's lived in Greenville since 1992 and sees his platform as more jobs and less crime.

O'Neal is scheduled to appear live on WITN News at Sunrise Monday in the 6:30 a.m. half hour.

In addition to O'Neal, two others filed on the last day for Greenville council in the second district. Incumbent Rose Glover will now face challengers Rufus Huggins and Mary Rothschild.

Incumbents Kandie Smith, Marion Blackburn, Calvin Mercer and Max Joyner are all running without opposition.

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Incumbent Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn and challenger Allen Thomas appeared on WITN News at Sunrise Friday in a WITN exclusive interview. In fact, it was the first time the two had ever met.

Both Mayor Dunn and Thomas talked about their priorities for the City of Greenville. Mayor Dunn says she's been encouraged by many to run for re-election, while Thomas says it's time for a fresh perspective.

Mayor Dunn listed three priorities for her if she wins another term: revitalization downtown, crime and the special task force's recommendations, and working with county, regional and state authorities on economic development.

Thomas spoke about solving the crime issue, noting his close relationship with the North Carolina Crime Commission and looking to other cities for solutions in fighting crime.

Following the exclusive interview, Mayor Dunn and Thomas decided to continue their conversation over breakfast at Boulevard Bagel.

Both on the air and behind the scenes, the two were friendly and said they were looking forward to the campaign and the election. Thomas noted on the air that he thinks people would like to see a debate over how to solve crime in Greenville.

Filing to run for office in Pitt County concludes Friday at noon. Voter registration ends October 14. Early voting for the November 8 election runs from October 20 - November 5.

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Incumbent Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn will have competition in the upcoming election.

Allen Thomas filed Thursday. Mayor Dunn returned our call Thursday night and said she has not met Thomas, but she looks forward to meeting him and looks forward to the campaign. She'll have an opportunity to meet Thomas Friday morning when they are both guests on WITN News at Sunrise.

Thomas is a married father of two and local businessman who most recently served as Chairman of the City of Greenville’s Planning and Zoning Commission and on the City of Greenville’s Board of Adjustment.

Discussing his reasons for running for the position, Thomas stated, “As we all know there are many issues on the minds of the citizens of Greenville today. The pattern of violent crime has reached a boiling point and it has to be addressed with equal force."

Thomas attended East Carolina University and the University on North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information on his campaign, Thomas pointed to making contact via facebook at Allen Thomas for Mayor or email at

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  • by megatkeecu Location: virginia beach on Sep 16, 2011 at 09:01 PM
    Having known the Thomas family since the mid 80's and a strong republican heed this advice....... Allen is a listener, thinker and producer of results. Greenville is a BIG small town in need of a forward thinking leader. Vote Allen Thomas
  • by Anonymous on Aug 14, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    I would vote for allen thomas... his parents are life long democrats. have financially supported: Carter, Clinton, Gore and Kerry... we need more democrats and he would be a great one
  • by ZJ on Aug 13, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    As a life long conservative that has never voted for a single democrat, I would definitely vote for Allen Thomas. At least Thomas is smart enough to realize that we have a crime problem, unlike the constant reports we get that keep telling us that crime is down. When have you heard Mayor Dunn or any council members speak about job creation or trying to attract companies to GV. Could someone please list for Mayor Dunn's accomplishments since she's been in office. I'm struggling to remember any accomplishments. Come November, I know which candidate will get my vote.
  • by RJ on Aug 13, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    Someone in development sounds good to me. He's someone who is out there speaking with real people in the real world all day long; not stuck inside a cubicle in some office. You need "people persons" with common sense and hutzpah to run for Mayor....Go Robert!
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      by uh on Aug 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM in reply to RJ
      Developers turn land into short-term profits. That is what they use their hutzpah for. These are the folks who tear down a macdonalds to build a new macdonalds on the same lot, they pave over farms. They cut down old growth forest and put in baby dogwood lined parking lots.
  • by Snurdley Location: GV on Aug 13, 2011 at 05:37 AM
    yes we need more hog farmers that live inside the city limints of Greenville to run
  • by uh Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2011 at 03:16 PM
    Hahaha... a real estate guy now? Really?! This is getting ridiculous. Could we get someone who isn't involved in development?! PLEASE?! How about a scientist, a math teacher, a professor, a farmer? We need someone who can properly interpret the statistics from our police department!
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      by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2011 at 03:49 PM in reply to uh
      You should run for mayor do it you seem capable enough
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    Yep, all that talk about Kandie, and no one ran. Obviously she must not be that big of an issue to those that complained.
  • by WB on Aug 12, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    Amen to a new mayor....the present one has not shown any type of leadership for as I am concern. Same goes for all members of the City Council.
  • by Mom on Aug 12, 2011 at 11:20 AM
    I would love to see a new mayor and also all city council members. Greenville needs some hope and these people have given Greenville people very little.
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      by Janice on Aug 12, 2011 at 03:28 PM in reply to Mom
      We need strong effective leader, witj a new [policechief, one that is tough on crime, and has their feet in the street not behind closed doors. someone to grow a greater, safer Greenville, NOT a city of thugs.
  • by Miranda on Aug 12, 2011 at 10:35 AM
    OUT WITH THE OLD....IN WITH THE NEW! Someone please run against Kandi...anyone is better than her...literally!

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