Council Postpones decision on withdrawing support

Jan. 25, 2018

Winston Salem Journal

Lisa O’Donnell

Clemmons Village Council postpones decision on withdrawing support for the median on Lewisville-Clemmons Road.

Barson Excerpt:

Barson said she needed more information on how the resolution would affect the DOT’s study of the road. The study will include the bridge over I-40, an interchange that Pat Ivey, the DOT’s regional engineer, said is the biggest bottleneck on the road.


Council members and Wait said they were not aware that the bridge was part of the study, and Barson said she was concerned that overturning the resolution would affect an analysis of the bridge’s traffic.

Dec. 14, 2017: Newcomers installed on village council

“The seating arrangement at the long table up front in Village Hall took on a different look Monday night as John Wait was sworn in as the mayor of Clemmons along with three new council members – Michelle Barson, Scott Binkley and P.J. Lofland.” – Jim Buice.  To read more, you can purchase a Clemmons Courier at their offices on Clemmons Road.



Nov. 29, 2017

This is the post excerpt.

Jim Buice, Political Reporter for the Clemmons Courier, wrote a post-election article and interviewed the candidates (incumbents and those challenging them) and some of it can be read below in the photos. Dwight Sparks, Editor, provided a summary of election day and the results that can be found here.

Often a single issue dominates a campaign – at any level. Ours was just a little more concrete (pun intended).

This campaign had a single issue that dominated it – median or no median – as a solution to the traffic issues we face on Lewisville-Clemmons Road.  The incumbents refused to recognize it as a political issue yet it was an issue that the incumbents were going to make a decision on and didn’t seem that interested in listening to the small business owners of the strip or the residents of Clemmons. Read more about the hearing that was demanded by the people of Clemmons in 2016 here.

Excerpt of article where I was quoted. Each candidate was interviewed about the results.

It was frustrating to be called a “single-issue candidate” because while this issue was important and provided a clear distinction between the incumbents and those challenging them it was NOT the only issue that each of us cared about.  I’m passionate about clear, regular communication that will provide transparency to the public and better opportunities for community engagement.  In addition to that, I plan to focus on how we manage projects as a Village, both internally and externally, so that the ball isn’t dropped on big opportunities and that everyone knows exactly where the Village is on any project – large or small.

My friend promised me that every Election Day is cold and rainy.  She was right! She surprised me with a custom sweatshirt.