In just days, voters will head to the polls to decide Greensboro's next mayor. News 14 Carolina's Caroline Blair sat down with candidate Bill Knight for part two of an in-depth look at the mayoral candidates. Check News14.com for part one of the series with candidate and incumbent mayor Yvonne Johnson.
GREENSBORO – Bill Knight has been living and working in Greensboro for most of his life, attending its public schools and graduating from UNC Greensboro.
And since retiring as a certified public accountant five years ago, he's been keeping active in the community.
"Travel, family, mission work. I've done some mission work that I've certainly enjoyed," said Knight.
But now he says he's ready for a new challenge and is running for mayor of the city of Greensboro.
"There is a real difference between the mayor's direction, what [Yvonne Johnson's] said and what she's done and what I plan to do," said Knight.
Knight says his primary focus if elected will be with the Greensboro Police Department. He says combating crime not only helps the citizens, but also helps business.
"We really need to look at how effectively policing is going on. But we've got a problem and we've got to deal with it. That will set the road for making Greensboro a very attractive location for outsiders, companies looking at Greensboro," Knight said.
Knight calls himself a fiscal conservative and acts as treasurer for 6th District Congressman Howard Coble.
And while he's never held an elected office, Knight says it's his business background that makes him the best candidate.
"As mayor, I want to get out I want to hit the road, connect with the business community. I know how to speak to them, Talk to them. I want to partner with them," said Knight.
And before voters head to polls Tuesday, Knight wants them to know he truly believes it's time for a change.
"I will be open minded. I will lead the council. We will be proactive, we will be efficient and we will get the job done for you. I promise," Knight said.