County Elections Coming Up Next Week
Posted September 30, 1997
RALEIGH — This may come as a surprise to many of some, but a lot of North Carolina counties are holding local elections next week. The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce sponsored a forum Tuesday to get some of that city's issues into the open.
All but one of Raleigh's city council seats are being contested. The early morning debate was not very well attended, but it did offer an opportunity for opponents to meet face to face. Most of the debate focused on managed growth, traffic, and taxes.
Many of the candidates got their first chance to talk about the issues together. In the race for mayor, three candidates showed up. Republican incumbent Tom Fetzer, Democrat Venita Peyton, and Democrat Robert Sessoms. Peyton and Fetzer had the most heated exchange. Peyton, referring to accusations of closed door meetings among some current council members, said Raleigh needs more open leadership.
Fetzer responded by defending his own record on being available to constituents.
Sessoms, 21, got into the mayor's race to show that his generation is not apathetic when it comes to local politics.
Several other mayoral candidates were not in attendance.
Voter's guides are available at the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. They include lists of all candidates and their platforms, and answers a number of questions voters might have.
If you want to vote, but you're going to be out of town, you must request an absentee ballot by five o'clock today. Disabled voters have until Monday to make their requests. The board of elections office is located in 300 block of South Salisbury Street in downtown Raleigh.