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Raleigh mayor will seek re-election

Posted April 13, 2009

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— Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said Monday that he has decided to seek his fifth, two-year term due to three main reasons.

  • To take advantage of future economic recovery to lead the city out of the recession.
  • To plan and fund a regional transit system.
  • To establish the Dix Hill campus as a destination park.

Meeker made the formal announcement at 11 a.m. at his law offices of Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein, LLC, 150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1400.

Mayor Meeker will seek re-election Mayor Meeker will seek re-election

Last month, Meeker said that the state of the local economy would determine whether he sought a fifth term as Raleigh's leader. After eight years as mayor, the Yale University graduate said he would be reluctant to move on if the economy continued 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, the 58-year-old 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 is not interested in any other public office.

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

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  • dws Apr 13, 2009

    "it is funny you have all these people on here complaining about meeker but have not came up with one god ideal to help fix things....and they dont even live in city limits or raleigh!! how are you going to complain when you havent come up with any good plans"

    the plan is simple.....ride him out on the rails on election day

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 13, 2009

    Meeker hasn't done anything to improve Raleigh or grow jobs and business development.

    RTP is the driver of jobs and business development in the area including Raleigh.

    A blind man asleep at the switch could run Raleigh as long as RTP continues to produce jobs and business development.

  • jrfergerson Apr 13, 2009

    He won't get my vote that is for sure - he has done enough damage to the system

  • momof2 Apr 13, 2009

    If you live in a rental unit, remember that Meeker played a large part in your rent going up. Under his watch, multi family units now pay out of pocket for trash service, a service that is included in the same tax that landlords and single family homeowners both pay. Under his watch the PROP ordinance passed and the Rental Tax became a reality. You almost lost your right to own a garbage disposal without any say. I would love to finally see someone run against him so that he would actually have to win the title of mayor and not get it by default.

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Apr 13, 2009

    he is seeking re-election because there are no other jobs available

  • Caveman93 Apr 13, 2009

    Well, good for you Meeker! I can sleep sound now!

  • angora2 Apr 13, 2009

    All right, my fine friends (who don't seem to be able to spell or use correct grammar). Yes, I think Meeker is doing an excellent job, and unlike many of you, I KNOW what I am talking about. He's far more intelligent than past mayors and by no means is this man a crook. Posting comments like the ones here reveals a lack of knowledge about the office, its constraints, its HISTORY, and most importantly, the man. So he's a geek, eh? And what is wrong with that? You'd rather have a slick-talking movie star with really white teeth and a salon tan? Think someone like that has an IQ over 120? Not likely.

  • just trying Apr 13, 2009

    I've lived here for 40 years. Raleigh is one of the best and fastest growing cities in the country. I agree with what one person stated earlier. If you dislike Meeker so much and you're obviously in the minority and can't vote him out, then leave. Just get out and stop your whining, I think the rest of us would really appreciate that. Move to Detroit or Cleveland and see what a poorly run city is really like.

  • TheAdmiral Apr 13, 2009

    "Clearly SOMEbody likes him - for whatever reason - you guys keep reelecting him into office...."

    That one is easy. His buddies at the law firm that bought up all of that land in that corridor they kept talking about for the light rail system.

    Yeah - that one where he was likely to get a kickback from? That one.

  • TheAdmiral Apr 13, 2009

    "The people put them all back in office or replaced those that couldn't run again with someone worse. What makes you think Mayor Meeker won't win by a landslide?"

    No one said that the public who votes is smart. I have never seen an intelligent vote.

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