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Raleigh councilwoman becomes first candidate for mayor

Posted April 27, 2011

— A Raleigh city council member has become the first candidate to announce a run for the office being vacated by Mayor Charles Meeker.

Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane announced her candidacy at a press conference Wednesday morning. 

"I have a vision for Raleigh as a true world-class city that provides choices as to how we live, work and play. But I want to make sure that we always retain the beauty and charm and sense of place that makes us Raleigh," she said.

Raleigh City Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane Raleigh councilwoman to run for mayor's office

McFarlane, who is seeking election as unaffiliated candidate, has served on the City Council since 2007. She is a pharmacist and president of Med Pro Rx, a specialty pharmacy focusing on chronic illnesses.

She touted her work to protect the quality of life and environment in Raleigh as a member of the City Council's comprehensive planning and budget and economic development committees.

She has lived in north Raleigh since 1984, is married and has two daughters and a son.

Randy Stagner, a retired U.S. Army colonel, announced Wednesday that he will run for McFarlane's seat as an unaffiliated candidate.

The election will be held Oct. 11.

Meeker announced Tuesday that he would't seek a sixth two-year term. He plants to work full-time at the law firm where he is a partner.

First elected in 2001, Meeker's five terms tie him with the late Avery Upchurch as one of Raleigh’s longest-serving mayors. Upchurch served the city from 1983 to 1993.


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  • WhalerCane Apr 27, 2011

    The better question would be "Are any groups or people affiliated with the Democratic Party be fund-raising for her?". You know the ones.

    Democrats and Republicans and Independent individuals are all helping her raise money.

  • Plenty Coups Apr 27, 2011

    I want to see a long form birth certificate proving she is an American before I vote for her.

  • WRALblows Apr 27, 2011

    Uh...no. Never will vote for a sitting council insider. More of the same.

  • boylan99 Apr 27, 2011

    You can call the City Council non-partisan all you want but the make up currently is 4 very liberal people, 2 liberal, 1 middle of the road and 1 conservative and none of them hide it except to say non-partisan.

  • boylan99 Apr 27, 2011

    rand321 your comment fits better with Obama's years in office.

  • tao90 Apr 27, 2011

    Ms.McFarlane must prove herself to receive my vote. I'm watching these politicians like a hawk, ever since the school board charade.

  • froggytroat Apr 27, 2011

    >>i don't know who to vote for unless there's a letter next to the name

    Haha, that was funny right there...

  • spoonman Apr 27, 2011

    i don't know who to vote for unless there's a letter next to the name

  • A Libertarian Apr 27, 2011

    It is true it is a non partisian office. But we need to know if she beleives in taxing the working public and giving to the nonworking(or spreading the wealth as the liberals sauy) or for individual responsibility.

  • LadyPrime Apr 27, 2011

    "as far as the GOP is concerned, you are either with them 100% or you are the ENEMY!!!! God forbid anyone have a dissenting opinion for the GOP."-Rand321

    Please state your facts in regards to this comment. I'm curious to know where you got this information...