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Raleigh councilman won't run in fall election

Posted July 13, 2009

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— City Councilman Philip Isley, widely considered a potential challenger to Mayor Charles Meeker, said Monday he won't run for any office this fall.

“After a great deal of thoughtful consideration and conversations with my friends and my family, I have decided not to run for any seat on the Raleigh City Council," Isley said in a statement. "It has been an honor and privilege to serve on the Raleigh City Council and represent the wonderful people in District E for the past eight years. However, at this point in my life, it is only fair to my family and my law practice to take a hiatus from elected office and focus on the important areas in my life."

Isley has been among the most conservative voices on the non-partisan council and frequently opposed initiatives backed by Meeker and other council members.

"In my eight years on (the) council, I believe I instilled a common sense and practical approach to ensuring that Raleigh remains a great place to live, work and play while keeping our taxes low," he said.

"This is merely a sabbatical from politics, and I will more than likely run for elected office again in the future. The council has my full support and I will be available should I be needed at some point,” he said.


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  • StaggerLee Jul 13, 2009

    That is too bad. The only one who actually seemed to think things through is not returning. Good luck, and I hope you run for mayor soon.

  • chivegas Jul 13, 2009

    Great, the only rational mind on the CC is not coming back... Remember, all the other geniuses voted for the disposal ban that made Raleigh the laughing stock of the US. Those same folks can now come up with more moronic ideas and not even be opposed.

  • ncsudan Jul 13, 2009

    Don't let the door hit you in the backside on the way out, Isley. I for one will not be sad to see him leave.

  • curiousgeorgia Jul 13, 2009

    Please don't go! You are the only one with a fully functional brain!

  • WHEEL Jul 13, 2009

    If I had to put up with Meeker and that stupid City Manager I would quit also.