• Mayor of Greenville

    Two Candidates

    Elizabeth "Liz" Lyles

    Current job and title:

    Founder and CEO of Daughters of Worth

     

    Education:

    I hold a bachelor's degree from Fayetteville State University and am pursuing an MSW from East Carolina University.

     

    If you're elected or re-elected, what will be your top priority? Why?

     

    My top priority if elected would be to address affordable housing availability in the city of Greenville. It has become clear that market-rate housing and other rent-controlled properties are few and far between in the city. It is time to shift away from student housing and look to support the residents who live and work right here in the city on a constant basis. More market-rate housing encourages people to relocate to the city and is also an incentive for businesses to come here. We cannot look at housing without acknowledging the skyrocketing homeless rate in the city, as well. The Liles ONE Greenville Housing Initiative addresses affordable housing by brokering partnerships between property owners/management to assist residents in acquiring and maintaining housing. The goal is to reduce eviction costs and homelessness, which is a burgeoning problem within the city.

     

    If you're elected or re-elected, how will you involve your constituents in the process of making decisions?

     

    It is not enough to invite people into the room. We must have a place for everyone at the table and also give everyone a voice at that same table. The job as mayor is to listen to input from all constituents, whether that be large corporate business owners to small business owners to nonprofit leaders to the people struggling to make a living on substandard wages. I will welcome every constituent to give me feedback through quarterly business roundtables and listening sessions. I will genuinely take into account concerns expressed by the constituents, not just as a show, but in earnest. I understand that you cannot lead a government without listening to the people who elected you. I will take every opportunity to listen to what they have to say and actively implement solutions to the issues that arise from those discussions.

     

    Why should voters choose you for the position you're running for?

     

    I know the unique challenges that the people of Greenville face. I know these challenges because I have witnessed people struggle to find affordable housing. I have seen business owners be faced with paying for operations or cutting staff positions. I have seen people have to choose between food or paying rent. I also understand that the mayoral seat is much more than calling meetings to order and breaking vote ties, it is being the representative for all people in the city. As mayor, my main areas of focus will be economic development, equity and inclusion, and unity. Those four points, those four cornerstones, when put into action show that when one improves, we all improve. As mayor, I will represent the people of the city with the core understanding that we are all interconnected -- from business to family support to economic stability -- there is no one thing that can operate without affecting the other. Voters should choose me because I understand the complexity of the position, and I also understand -- as the old adage goes -- all boats rise with the tide.

     

    Which three things about you do you most want voters to know?

     

    1. I am a candidate that is geared toward improving and equalizing economic opportunities for all business owners and individuals. I understand that when an individual is economically empowered, they are also able to stimulate the local economy by having resources to support more businesses more frequently.

    2. Economic development, equity and inclusion, and unity are my core values as a candidate and, should I win, they will guide my mayoral career.

    3. The community needs support, transparency and partnerships. We can have all the programs on the city-level that we want, but if no one knows about them and can't access them, they are moot. The only way to have effective policy is through supporting every constituent with the right information; clearly showing the business dealings of the city without fear of feedback; and brokering partnerships between the city and service providers and businesses to fully support growth and stability.

    P.J. Connelly

     

    Current job and title:

    Mayor of the City of Greenville

     

    Education:

    BSBA with a concentration in Finance (East Carolina University 2005)

     

    If you're elected or re-elected, what will be your top priority? Why?

     

    Public safety, infrastructure, economic development, fiscal responsibility, and quality of life. Creating a strong foundation is vital to the growth of our city and I want to focus on the core essential needs of our community.

     

    If you're elected or re-elected, how will you involve your constituents in the process of making decisions?

     

    Citizens are encouraged to participate in local government, and we provide many different outlets for their participation. All of our meetings are open to the public, the public comment period is open to all citizens to voice their opinion, and I encourage all citizens to reach out to me through email, social media, or in a public venue. Citizens can also participate on our boards and commissions or can provide feedback in any of our public input sessions. Citizen participation is extremely important, and I encourage everyone to participate in the process.

     

    Why should voters choose you for the position you're running for?

     

    I have been fortunate to serve as the mayor of this amazing city since 2017 and a lot of progress has been made over the past four plus years. We have seen tremendous growth and significant investments made throughout our community during my two terms and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Greenville for an additional term if I am fortunate to earn their vote.

     

    Which three things about you do you most want voters to know?

     

    I am always open to listen, I really love our city, and I try to be present at all events.

     

    Is there anything else about you that you wish to tell voters?

     

    I have been honored to serve the citizens of Greenville for four+ years and I look forward to the opportunity to earn the vote of the citizens of our community. Greenville is an amazing community, and I am thankful I can call Greenville home.