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Here’s why you should vote in the 2023 City of Greenville Municipal Election

These candidates, if elected, will help shape the City of Greenville’s future over their four-year term.

Aerial image of downtown Greenville, SC

Your vote matters. | Photo by @james_simpson_photography

For the first time since 2007, Mayor Knox White — the longest-serving mayor in Greenville history — faces a challenger in Michelle Shain in his run for reelection.

In less than a week, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, your vote will decide which candidate becomes Greenville’s mayor for the next four years, along with several seats on Greenville City Council.

How many people actually vote?

According to, only 12-13% of eligible voters participate in our municipal elections. In 2021, that number was spot on with 13% of registered voters casting their ballots + in 2019, 18% of registered voters cast their ballots.

Our goal at GVLtoday is to arm you with the tools and the knowledge to increase that number so more Greenvillians have their voice heard.

Why does it matter?

Your vote for Mayor and City Council members will determine who shapes Greenville’s:

  • Budget
  • Maps
  • Development
  • Emergency services
  • And more

What do I need to know?

First, bookmark our election guide. Here, you’ll find who’s on the ballot, how to figure out what district you live in, and where your polling place is located.

Next, research your candidates. Most of Greenville’s local media sources have profiled the people running, hosted debates, and covered campaign events. We recommend reading multiple sources to learn about all of the candidates from different points of view.

At GVLtoday, we aim to cover local elections in a way that educates and activates our community with unbiased information to encourage individual voter participation (i.e. vote for whoever + whatever you want to, just make sure to vote). To learn more, check out our Editorial Ethics Policy.