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Meeker undecided on re-election

Posted March 11, 2009

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— Mayor Charles Meeker said Wednesday that the state of the local economy in the coming months will determine whether he seeks a fifth term as Raleigh's leader.

After eight years as mayor, Meeker said it might be time to move on, but he said he would be reluctant to do so if Raleigh's economy continues to struggle.

He said his experience in leading the city through the downturn that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could be beneficial to helping Raleigh recover from the current recession.

As mayor, Meeker has been a strong advocate for downtown redevelopment and environmental issues.

During his tenure, Raleigh opened a new downtown convention center, reopened Fayetteville Street to traffic and underwent a boom in downtown condominium development.

He backed stiff water restrictions during the 2007-08 drought as Falls Lake shriveled to a series of streams amid an expanse of cracked, dry clay, and he has championed the city's effort to adopt energy-efficient lighting and hybrid vehicles.

He also pushed for higher impact fees from developers to help pay for Raleigh's growth and for limiting the size of homes built in the city's older neighborhoods.

Meeker, who ran unopposed in 2007, said he would make a decision on running for re-election by June. He said he's not interested in any other public office.

"I won't be running for anything else," he said.


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  • golowral Mar 12, 2009

    You have me beat. Only been in Raleigh 42 years. You are exactly right though. If we can ditch Meeker, maybe those who think like Gatsby will leave as well and we can get back to being the nice, prosperous little town we once were.

  • flyfishNC Mar 11, 2009

    Let me help with your decision since you are unable...

    MOVE ON PLEASE!!! As a city, we are behind you with this decision!!!! Go running....far away....don't look back....keeeeep running...gooooo!!!

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Mar 11, 2009

    Just imagine, everyone who knows they can do better now have an opportunity to put up or shut up (which I'm sure neither will happen).

  • BULLDOZER Mar 11, 2009

    Looks like preliminary polls show he should move on and go home.

  • MojoGal Mar 11, 2009

    hpr641 - you summed up exactly what I was thinking. And YES folks, I can read and know he was quoted opposite. I also know he's a politician and believe they all double-talk and speak backwards and that he's just basically "feeling us out" so he can determine how fast he needs to run to the exit. Yes I've become cynical in my old age too ;)

    Curious, I am not a political expert or anything but wonder if electing a republican would make a difference here. I guess my thought is something like trying to balance the scale. But who ever runs, in my eyes, should have BIG cajunas and not be afraid to stand up and call out Ms. free education for everyone Bev.


  • US VET Mar 11, 2009

    Pleeeeeeeze move on....

  • colliedave Mar 11, 2009

    I would run but the fact I would loose my disability income should I win precludes me from running. The fact I am meaner than a snake and uglier than sin doesn't help either.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Mar 11, 2009

    Replace Meeker with someone who won't raise taxes and won't raise taxes through fees. Meeker has raised fees to the point that a lot of people are considering leaving the area. Democrats like Meeker believing in killing the golden goose that lays the golden eggs through excessive taxes and fees to fund their failed Socialist agendas.

  • Panther Mar 11, 2009

    Meeker stands a snowballs chance in hail in winning if he runs again, and he know it.

  • DBnNC Mar 11, 2009

    Do us all a favor and resign NOW!!!!!!!!