Local Politics

Unopposed Candidates Proliferate in Local Races

Posted July 21, 2007
Updated July 22, 2007

— Running for office will not be a race for a number of candidates who are unoppossed for local and municipal elections this fall.

After the filing period ended at noon Friday, candidates for two mayoral and three Wake County school board seats were unopposed.

Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker is unopposed in his attempt for a fourth term.

"As a citizen, you know, I think you would like to see choices. As a voter, I'd like to see that. But as a candidate, it's much easier to not have to worry what's gonna happen, so I have mixed feelings on it," said Meeker.

No candidate emerged to challenge Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne, either.

 The Durham mayoral race is hotter, with incumbent Bill Bell being challenged by Durham City Council member Thomas Stith. Bell is seeking to be Durham's first mayor to be elected to a fourth term.

Stith has charged Bell with being ineffective in fighting the Bull City's rising crime rate, while Bell pledged to to expand revitalization in the inner city neighbors.

The Cary mayoral race is also competitive, with former town councilman Harold Weinbrecht challenging incumbent Ernie McAllister.

Candidates for three of the five open seats on the Wake County Board of Education are also unopposed, at a time with the school board faces controversy over the budget, land purchases and year-round schooling.

Anne McLaurin, Meeker's wife, is running unopposed for the open District 3 seat being vacated by Carol Parker.

Incumbents Rosa Gill and Ron Margiotta, from Districts 4 and 8, are also unopposed.

Primary elections will be held on October 9, followed by final ballots on November 6.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 23, 2007

    No opposition can mean satisfaction amongst the citizens or extreme hopelessness amongst the citizens. For Mayor Meeker's part I believe it is extreme hopelessness amongst the citizens about the mayors spending habits. He has flushed money that could be used elsewhere into the downtown to make his business associates richer.

  • RaleighRob Jul 23, 2007

    I think the article is mistaken...I think McLaurin is running for the District 5 seat that Susan Perry is vacating. That is the central/SW Raleigh district.
    There are three candidates running for District 3 that Carol Parker is vacating: Kevin Hill, Martha LaVance, and Alfreda Wilson.

  • knelsud92 Jul 23, 2007

    I think the majority of Wake Cares folks are represented by Ron Margiotta.

    Not sure, but I'd doubt there are many conservatives in Rosa Gill's district.

    Can't believe nobody wants to take down Meeker.

    It's true though, in order to run a race to win, you need a ton of money, support, and name recognition.

    Unfortunately, if you are an opposition candidate and call the incumbent a crook, even if he or she is, you will get destroyed by everyone.

  • I Hate Hippies Jul 23, 2007

    I'm not crooked enough to run for wake county government

  • then who cares Jul 22, 2007

    As far as the Board of Education I believe a lot of potential candidates and voters recognize that we are protected somewhat more than expected by our judicial system. Therefore, let them do what they want.

  • then who cares Jul 22, 2007

    No opposition can mean satisfaction amongst the citizens or extreme hopelessness amongst the citizens. For Mayor Meeker's part I believe it is overall satisfaction. I don't have an opinion for the other unopposed offices. If it was the DOT I know it would be from extreme dissatisfaction--disgust even!!

  • joco cruiser Jul 22, 2007

    Not sure about old Meeker, but working with his crew is a chore in itself.

  • Nancy Jul 22, 2007

    Raleighdodger, good question, unless she owns property in that district, a residence.

  • RaleighDodger Jul 22, 2007

    How can the Mayor's wife, Anne McLaurin, who lives in the Boylan Heights area (McCulloch Street) be a candidate for the District 3 (North West Wake County) Wake County Board of Education? It looks like she lives in District 5 or 6. Thoughts?

  • FE Jul 22, 2007

    Why would anyone in their right mind want to run for public office??.....OOPS, I think I just answered my own question!