Dianne Bellamy-Small, a longtime political leader in southeast Greensboro, has announced plans to run for Greensboro City Council.

Bellamy-Small served on city council from 2003 to 2013, when she was defeated in her District 1 reelection bid by Sharon Hightower, a onetime political ally.

Filing for Greensboro City Council seats opens on July 6. Many sitting council members and political aspirants have held off on announcing their intentions because of uncertainty over whether the city government will be restructured and redistricted through legislation filed by state Sen. Trudy Wade or a last-minute legislative maneuver before the General Assembly ends its session.

Bellamy-Small describes her candidacy in a short announcement as a bid “to bring back experienced leadership and service to the people of Greensboro.”

The candidate touts a number of achievements on her campaign website during her 10 years on city council, including an economic parity plan for east Greensboro that was adopted in 2012, the opening of the Interactive Resource Center and revitalization in the Glenwood neighborhood.

Two rallying cries that close Bellamy-Small’s pitch tout her leadership as both experienced and independent.

“Change for the sake of change does not necessarily produce effective leadership!”

And, “I will not be bought off or bullied by special interests!”

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