Local Politics

McFarlane Beats Out Incumbent Raleigh City Councilman

Posted October 9, 2007

— Incumbent Raleigh City Council Member Tommy Craven was ousted Tuesday after voters chose his challenger, Nancy McFarlane.

McFarlane received 54 percent of the votes while Craven had 46 percent.

In a questionnaire posted on WRAL.com, McFarlane, 51, said she wants to increase impact fees to developers, promote an adequate school ordinance and make sure police and fire departments have enough resources to keep the community safe.

Incumbent Russ Stephenson and fellow candidate Mary-Ann Baldwin were elected as Raleigh City Council members At-Large. Stephenson had 29 percent of the votes and Baldwin had 27 percent.

Stephenson said his priorities include planning for quality growth, keeping taxes low and working on natural resource conservation.

Baldwin's priorities include more effective communication among leaders, passage of a new comprehensive plan and preservation of the Dorothea Dix property as a destination park.

For Raleigh's District B council seat, Rodger Koopman led the field with 44 percent of the votes. Incumbent Jessie Taliaferro had 33 percent, and fellow candidate Angel Menendez had 22 percent.

Koopman, 47, said he supports increasing impact fees on new developments, protecting nature parks and making sure he serves citizens and not development special interests.

For more information about the candidates, visit WRAL.com’s election page.


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  • hedgy_one Oct 10, 2007

    Even though the N&O reported that Talliafero (spelling?) is going to ask for a run-off, I am glad she didn't win! She is not the person who was elected... she has changed & is not representing her district any longer. Being a "councilwoman" with a bit of "power" has really gone to her head! Bye, Bye, Bye Jesse!!!!!

  • whatelseisnew Oct 10, 2007

    Yeah I was wondering about what someone on the city council had to do with the school system. If it is impact fees, I think that is the wrong way to go.

  • rigeco Oct 10, 2007

    "Baldwin's priorities include ... passage of a new comprehensive plan"

    Uh... I don't know anything about Baldwin, but is that statement truly from her platform? What the heck does that mean? Maybe the reporting on this story worded it in such a way that it doesn't make sense. Surely that's the case. Who would run on the 'ideal' of "passing a comprehensive plan?"

  • carlostheass Oct 10, 2007

    Adequate schools ordinance, if I understand correctly, means that developers would have to pay impact fees to help build schools to support the families that would move into the new housing the developer builds. It's a long time coming, too. I'm ready for slower, smarter growth. We're growing like Atlanta did (the wrong way), but without the opportunities to make it worthwhile.

  • wrx44 Oct 9, 2007

    Canesfan...the status quo would have most definitely cost us all more in taxes....The only method used to fund infrastructure has been property taxes.....so taxes were guaranteed to rise on all property owners without any changes to how Raleigh does business.

  • Steve Crisp Oct 9, 2007

    I have absolutely no idea of what the phrase "promote an adequate school ordinance" could possibly mean in the context of a Raleigh council race. The Raleigh city council has absolutely nothing to do with the school system in Wake County. It's like the mayor running on an anti/pro abortion platform. Who cares?

    Unfortunately, I suspect the general electorate is too stupid to know the difference.

  • now Oct 9, 2007


    We have too many transplants in this area. They screw up the place they left and come here to screw up our place. Why do native North Carolinians, such as me, that are not life long residents get to vote? All of the "blue" states are so over taxed to the point where they move here and run for office and then the transplants that move here vote for them to continue the screw up job they did where they came from.

  • Myword Oct 9, 2007

    now- I don't think this was a conservative/liberal thing..I think it was a We Want Change and to be Heard thing.

  • now Oct 9, 2007

    At least the people in Raleigh was smart enough to elect an independent (not knowing what to think...put their finger in the air type person) instead of staying with the same oldtax and spend Liberal politians.

  • squid90 Oct 9, 2007

    Tossed to the curb in cary