Local Politics

Area voters get their say in municipal elections, primaries

Posted October 6, 2015

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— Municipal elections will be held Tuesday in Raleigh, Cary and several other area towns, while Durham and Fayetteville hold primaries for mayor and city council.

Polls open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

While Raleigh's mayoral election features a 2013 rematch between Mayor Nancy McFarlane and chiropractor Bob Weltzin, much of the attention has been focused on the at-large race for City Council, where incumbents Mary-Ann Baldwin and Russ Stephenson face off against real estate developer Craig Ralph and designer Matt Tomasulo.

A group called Wake Citizens for Good Government has waged a television and print ad campaign in the past week alleging that Baldwin is working with by downtown restaurateurs and bar owners seeking more liberal operating rules for their businesses. Baldwin and others named in a related complaint filed with the Wake County Board of Elections have denied the allegations.

The five single-member districts on the Raleigh City Council also are up for grabs.

In Cary, Mayor Hard Weinbrecht is running unopposed, but two Town Council seats are contested.

Voters in Dunn, Erwin, Henderson, Rocky Mount and Sharpsburg also will elect mayors or council members on Tuesday, while Goldsboro has a primary for mayor and one council seat.

In Durham, a primary will whittle the four-person race for mayor down to two for the Nov. 3 election. Mayor Bill Bell is seeking his eighth two-year term and is facing personnel manager Tammy Lightfoot, Time Warner Cable technician James Lyons and John Everett.

Ten people are running for three at-large seats on Durham City Council. Voters will narrow the field to six for the November election.

Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson sees a rematch with his 2013 opponent Val Applewhite, a former City Council member, and retired postal worker Ted Donovan also is in the field. The top two vote-getters will advance to the Nov. 3 election.

The primary also will set the fields for two Fayetteville City Council seats.


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  • Tom Laurence Oct 6, 2015
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    Time for some new folks on the City council, and for a new Mayor before Raleigh is ruined. If not, just wait and see.

  • George Herbert Oct 6, 2015
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    The figures Tom Boswell cites may be true. What he neglects to mention is that the state legislators have shifted the tax burden away from the state and onto municipalities. For instance, for the Wake County Public School System to maintain the levels of per pupil spending, the county commissioners have to make up for the cuts made by the legislature since 2009.

  • Dean Logan Oct 6, 2015
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    What is your rebuttal?
    If you don't agree with Tom's statement, then tell us where he is wrong.

  • Roy Hinkley Oct 6, 2015
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    I give you credit for sticking with the same talking points in every post about our local and state government.

  • Tom Boswell Oct 6, 2015
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    Voting sadly has come to if you want your taxes raised vote Democrat and if not vote Republican. Statewide we elected a Republican controlled General Assembly and according to the Tax Foundations web site our overall state tax burden in one year went from the 6th highest in the country to the 34th highest. They stated in their long history it is the largest difference in one year. In Wake County the voters elected a Democratic controlled board and our real estate taxes have increased by over 15.3% in two years. They will present another billion dollar school bond next year and have committed with their teacher raises at least a 37% increase in the next three years not including our assessments increasing next year.