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Upsets Mark Cary Mayor, Raleigh Council Races

Posted October 9, 2007
Updated October 10, 2007

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— Former Cary Town Councilman Harold Weinbrecht beat out incumbent Mayor Ernie McAlister, while two members of the Raleigh City Council went down to defeat Tuesday night.

Voter turnout in Wake County barely made it out of single digits, with about 11 percent of registered voters casting ballots.

But the votes were enough for Weinbrecht to easily outdistance McAlister in the Cary mayoral race, winning by a 58 to 42 percent margin.

"We were outspent at least 6-to-1, (but) we remained positive through it all and kept to our message," a jubilant Weinbrecht said.

McAlister declined to comment on the results.

In Raleigh, City Councilman Tommy Craven was ousted by challenger Nancy McFarlane, a pharmacist and businesswoman. City Councilwoman Jessie Taliaferro also struggled but appeared to be headed to a November runoff against technology consultant Rodger Koopman.

Meanwhile, incumbents ruled in the Wake County Board of Education races. Only two of five races were contested, and school board member Beverley Clark easily won her race, while former teacher and principal Kevin Hill and school volunteer Martha LaVance will face a November runoff in District 3, where incumbent Carol PArker was not seeking re-election.

Voters in Raleigh and Wake County overwhelmingly approved $275 million in bonds to purchase undeveloped land for parks and greenways and to preserve as open space, to build and renovate libraries and to expand Wake Technical Community College.

Tuesday's election also marked the state's first experiment with an "instant runoff." In the District B race for Cary Town Council, challengers Don Frantz and Vickie Maxwell were locked in a close battle to unseat Councilman Nels Roseland.

In the coming days, elections officials will review the ballots cast for Roseland to see which of the others voters wanted as their second choice if he didn't win. Those votes will then be assigned to Frantz or Maxwell to determine the winner.

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  • wildervb Oct 10, 2007

    Skeeter, if you're so unhappy with the mayor, why didn't you run. For that matter why didn't anyone run? He can't be that bad of a mayor if there was no one out there to oppose him.

  • skeeter Oct 10, 2007

    I find it very interesting there were 1300 write in votes for Raleigh mayor. Apparently not all are happy with Mr Meeker. Now that Mr Meeker has a new council member from District A, all he needs is 5 votes on the council to get his way..More money being spend downtown and not enough for other parts of the city.

  • Sumo Vita Oct 10, 2007

    "well the larger your Wake County tax base is the more they will fund the schools, since they are part of the Wake County system."

    Provided the "larger tax base" doesn't overwhelm the schools, roads, water supply, and recreational facilities first.. precisely where Cary has been headed of late.

    The people I see pushing the "growth is good" myth are those whose bottom line depends on it - developers, realtors, mortgage brokers. I'm sure it's convenient for these folks to turn a quick profit first, then pass the headache for managing growth on to the planning bodies.

    The claims of elitism are disingenuous.. no one's interested in closing Cary to newcomers. The case has been adequately made for balanced growth - growth that preserves the quality of life and resources that draw people to Cary in the first place.

    The mayor's and council's priority should be the citizenry that elected them, not the special interests padding their pockets. That shouldn't be too hard to understand.

  • nerdlywehunt Oct 10, 2007

    Navillus, you must be in the Real Estate business. Do you really believe that Kool Aid you are serving up. Now maybe EXISTING homes will start to increase in value. We also need to start pushing for Transfer taxes and while we are at it let's look at the price fixing that is going on in the Real Estate business....6% Pllllllllease...........every other business operates on 10% profit margins so why can't the Real Estate Brokers.......I only want to pay the guy that SELLS my house. Everyone else needs to get out of my pockets.

  • jimmycrackcorn Oct 10, 2007

    See ya pompous Ernie.

    One thing that has stuck in my mind is watching the Cary Town Council on TV when they were discussing those stupid traffic signs that aren't even displaying "Buckle Up"anymore. They just sit there.
    Ol Ernie was just sitting back smirking at the opponents of the signs as his cronies sucked up to him and they all mocked the opposition. Cary has started to turn ugly the past few years and it's fine time to regulate the growth.

  • peakofgoodliving Oct 10, 2007

    Too upset to speak...are you kidding!! What a pathetic loser...you ran and lost for mayor of Cary!! Guess it's a good thing you don't live in Raleigh; you might need to be hospitalized or something.

  • missparrothead Oct 10, 2007

    HOLD THE PHONE!!!! Just because Harold Weinbrecht won does not mean that growth in Cary won't occur. Mr. Weinbrecht encourages smarter growth and will listen to the town to better represent the population of Cary. I also agree with the other comments regarding the sour commercials that McAlister aired days prior to the election. The lack of stooping to that level is a plus for Weinbrecht. There is nothing elitist about our new Mayor.

    Way to go Harold!!!!!!

  • RALEIGH DOODLEBUG Oct 10, 2007

    C.A.R.Y.......IS REALLY VERY TRUE ISN'T IT..CONTAINMENT AREA FOR RETIRED YANKEES....WELL, OH, THIS ISN'T THE WAY WE DID IT IN N.J...OR THIS ISN'T THE WAY WE DID IT IN N.Y....GIVE ME A BREAK. IF YOU LOVED IT SO MUCH AND WANT TO LIVE LIKE A RUDE YANKEE WHY DID YOU MOVE HERE TO BEGIN WITH.FOR YOU FEW NATIVE CARYITES, YOU WANTED GROWTH BACK IN THE 60'S AND 70'S, NOW YOU HAVE IT AND LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE.

  • Conservative Oct 10, 2007

    Is Navillus someone I went to NSCU (Comp Sci) with and also worked for the same employer for a brief period of time?

  • aquamama Oct 10, 2007

    Oh yeah, and McAllister: no one likes a dirty campaign. Guess you know that now.

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