Last week, the City Council won a first victory in a federal lawsuit, halting a controversial redistricting law that would have fundamentally changed the council’s structure and how its members are elected. But council members said they realize that U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles’ decision late last week was the end of a battle, not the war. “It’s a step in the right direction,” Councilman Jamal Fox said. “It’s a big win for the people of Greensboro, but we know it’s not over.”
Eagles enjoined the new state law, keeping it from taking effect until a full trial can be held because she was convinced the city will prevail on the merits of the case.
When filing for City Council races begins Monday, candidates will file under the traditional council district maps. Eagles suggested the trial be expedited to be sure the issue is settled before the 2017 election.