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McFarlane wins second term as Raleigh mayor

Posted October 8, 2013

— Mayor Nancy McFarlane outdistanced two challengers Tuesday to claim a second two-year term to lead Raleigh.

With about 98 percent of votes counted, McFarlane topped political newcomer Robert Weltzin by 73 percent to 22 percent. Venita Peyton, who was making her third run at the mayor's seat, trailed with 5 percent.

McFarlane has focused her campaign on building toward Raleigh's future, spending as much time stumping for passage of the city's $75 million transportation bond issue as on her own re-election.

Voters also handily approved the bond referendum, which will pay to widen and upgrade more than a dozen Raleigh thoroughfares.

"The community understands the need to invest in our infrastructure and really keep us where we are," McFarlane said.

An upbeat McFarlane thanked supporters Tuesday night and urged them to get involved in building Raleigh's future, saying the city needs to remain on the top of national lists of the best places to live and work.

"We just have so many great things happening in the city of Raleigh," she said.

She said she hopes to resolve the dispute with the state over the future of the former Dorothea Dix property in her next term.

The city negotiated a lease for the 325-acre site south of downtown last year, but state lawmakers pushed to void the lease, saying the state didn't get a fair deal and that at least part of the land needed to be reserved for Department of Health and Human Services offices. McFarlane and Gov. Pat McCrory reached a deal to renegotiate the lease by next April.

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane McFarlane wants to focus on Dix, transportation

"Everyone sees the property as a park, central not only to Raleigh but the state," she said.

McFarlane also said Raleigh and Wake County need to move forward on regional transit and consider giving voters a chance to approve a local sales tax increase to help pay for it.

"Orange and Durham counties already had their referendum," she said. "They're moving ahead and planning, and we need to get on board because we're going to grow not just as Raleigh – we need to think about the power of the Triangle."

In Raleigh City Council races, incumbents John Odom, Eugene Weeks and Thomas Crowder won re-election by sizable margins. Councilman Bonner Gaylord was unopposed.

At-large council members Mary-Ann Baldwin and Russ Stephenson also appeared headed for re-election.

Councilman Randy Stagner was losing a tight race to challenger Wayne Maiorano, a Raleigh lawyer, by 51 percent to 49 percent.


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  • downtowner Oct 10, 2013

    You can't complain if you didn't bother to get yourself off the couch and to the polls during early voting or on election day. You could have even stayed on the couch and voted absentee by mail. No excuse, complainers.

    I fulfilled my civic duty to vote and I went the extra step and educated all of my friends on when and where to vote, so none of my friends are complaining about the turnout either. I guess I'm just your average red-blooded patriot after all. Go democracy!

  • caronia49 Oct 10, 2013

    Lucky Raleigh, I am glad I do not live there....

  • Inside The Beltline Oct 9, 2013

    "Let's all have a piece of cornbread. She's a joke" -aalmmb

    Jokes on you! She is the Mayor. By a landslide!
    Oh, and yes, I do live Inside the Beltline and love it!

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Oct 9, 2013

    For those commenting on the percentages, I find this odd, especially when coming from "conservative voters." When 34% of North Carolinian voters turned out to vote in May 2012, our constitution was amended to deny marriage equality to citizens by a vote of 61%. That's just about 21% of people voted for the amendment, hardly a "mandate," but still the law within the state.

    And, per der_Marv_meister's claim, I'd like to see the breakdown of eligible Raleigh voters. According to the Raleigh city web site, there are over 93,000 people under the age of 18. Of course, being over 18 doesn't necessarily make one eligible to vote, so once we can factor *that* information, we would have a better indication of what the actual percentages, but it would be more than 10% (we are already looking at 14%).

    So, 73% of the people who actually cared to vote (as I did yesterday) is a big number.

  • Barely Oct 9, 2013

    "Let's all have a piece of cornbread. She's a joke"- and how is she a joke? You made the comment, back it up.

    Just like Meeker, the only time she does anything is when it helps the Inner Beltline crowd.

  • dwntwnboy2 Oct 9, 2013

    "Let's all have a piece of cornbread. She's a joke"- and how is she a joke? You made the comment, back it up.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Oct 9, 2013

    And if only a hundred people cared enough to show up and she got 73 of those votes, relatively speaking that's a big margin

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Oct 9, 2013

    10% of the voting population voted, this does not sounds much like a "Big Win" to me.


    Wrong, 10% percent of the population voted. All 420k Raleigh residents aren't registered voters. You should compare the 43k that voted to the actual number of registered voters instead of the total population. Maybe that number would make you more proud. Kids make up that 420k too, but can't vote. I say all this as a Republican and a conservative voter.

  • ajmiller Oct 9, 2013

    Absolutely could not get suburban voters to care about this. Phone calls, knocking on doors. 1/10 knew her name. It was too much of a bother to vote.
    Hope Raleigh doesn't go the way of Detroit/Chicago/NY when they have all Democrat representation for long...

  • aamblb Oct 9, 2013

    Let's all have a piece of cornbread. She's a joke