Local Politics

Fayetteville mayor loses re-election bid

Posted November 7, 2017 9:29 p.m. EST
Updated November 8, 2017 1:32 p.m. EST

— Mayor Nat Robertson fell short Tuesday in his bid for a third two-year term leading Fayetteville, losing to Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Colvin.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Colvin was leading Robertson 59 to 41 percent, according to unofficial results. Sixteen percent of Cumberland County's voters cast ballots Tuesday in elections in Fayetteville and seven area towns.

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During the campaign, Robertson had focused on his experience and Fayetteville's growth under his leadership, while Colvin emphasized the uneven pace of growth across the city and his ability to collaborate with other groups in Cumberland County.

"The people have stood up. They've shown that they're interested in working together, bringing our community together," Colvin said after declaring victory. "The first thing that we need to do with the new council is to start to put this community back together.

"Collaboration, togetherness, progress, moving forward as one community, that is going to be a primary goal of me and any new administration that I'm a part of," he said. "We need to rebrand our city and define who we are. ... We have to tell our story in a positive way."