Local Politics

Hundreds of local offices on November ballot

Posted October 28, 2017 6:00 a.m. EDT

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— Hundreds of city and town council seats and mayoral positions are up for grabs across central North Carolina in the Nov. 7 election.

Early voting runs through Nov. 4. Check with your county board of elections for times and locations of early-voting sites.

Mayoral races in Raleigh, Durham and Fayetteville highlight the lengthy list of municipal elections.

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane is seeking her fourth two-year term, but she failed to get enough support in the city's Oct. 10 election to avoid a runoff with challenger Charles Francis. The challenges created by the city's growth, including the need for more affordable housing and more resources for some neighborhoods, have been at the forefront of the campaign.

The election marks Raleigh's first mayoral runoff in 16 years.

It's also been 16 years since Durham elected a new mayor, as Mayor Bill Bell decided not to seek a ninth two-year term. City Councilman Steve Schewel faces former Councilman Farad Ali for the post, with combating poverty, creating more jobs and community policing among the major themes of the campaign.

In Fayetteville, Mayor Nat Robertson faces Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Colvin as he seeks a third term. Economic development and equitable growth across the city have been among the campaign themes.