Local Politics

Raleigh mayor: 'It's up to us to get things done'

Posted June 26

— Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane said Monday that she and her counterparts from around the country are working together to address issues such as growth, transportation and infrastructure.

McFarlane, who is attending the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami, said there is no partisan divide among municipal leaders.

"It's up to us to get things done," she said. "When it gets to our level, the problems at our level have to be solved, whether it's fixing potholes, paving roads, public safety. Party has nothing to do with that. It's really just how do you bring the community together and problem-solve."

The potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act and President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord also have been topics of discussion at the Miami meeting, McFarlane said.

"Fundamentally, it all comes down to the health and well-being of our citizens," she said of overhauling the ACA. "We worry about that with loss of services, especially to the most vulnerable."

McFarlane is among the scores of mayors who have signed a pledge to maintain their city's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.

"Each city needs to continue to do the things they have done," she said. "It is a city-by-city effort, and as long as city by city we keep working on it, we hope to achieve that goal."

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