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Illness forces Crowder from Raleigh City Council

Posted September 24, 2014

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— Raleigh Mayor Pro Tem Thomas Crowder resigned his seat Wednesday on the city council, and his wife, Kay, will assume the role. The 11-year council veteran has been battling cancer for more than a year.

In August, Crowder told his fellow council members that he was losing his battle with testicular cancer and wasn't sure how long he would be able to serve. On Sept. 16, the council agreed to allow his wife to assume his seat should his illness force him to step away.

In his single-sentence letter of resignation, submitted Wednesday, Crowder wrote, "It is with great difficulty that I announce my resignation from the Raleigh City Council, effective immediately."

He has represented District D in southwest Raleigh since 2003. His seat will be up for election in 2015.

"I trust Kay to finish the work I began and feel confident she will receive the same level of support from the citizens and her fellow councilors over the coming year," Crowder said in a statement.


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  • Rodney Hill Sep 25, 2014
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    Our prayers are with the councilman and his family.

    Over the years, I've probably disagreed with Crowder more than I've agreed with him (being in his district). Crowder was always fun and engaging to talk with even when we didn't agree. I hate to see him have to leave this way. He will be missed on the city council.

  • Ginger Lynn Sep 24, 2014
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    Prayers for the councilman's family. This cannot be a good sign.

  • USMC Vet Sep 24, 2014

    Awww, prayers for him and his loved ones.