Local Politics

Real estate executive running for Raleigh mayor

Posted June 23, 2011 10:50 a.m. EDT

— Billie Redmond, a Raleigh business owner, said Thursday that she plans to run for mayor.

Redmond is chief executive of Coldwell Banker Commercial TradeMark Properties, one of the largest commercial real estate companies in the Triangle. She also is a former chairwoman of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.

"I am so fortunate to call this wonderful city home and am a firm believer that Raleigh’s best days are yet to come," Redmond told supporters in her announcement. "But there are also challenges on the horizon to maintain our place in an increasingly competitive local, regional and global economy."

She said she would draw on her management experience to lead Raleigh into a mode where the city can grow and create private-sector jobs.

"This campaign is about one thing – jobs," she said. "I believe that meeting the demands and challenges of a tough economy – and creating jobs – requires strong leadership and someone who understands how jobs are created and maintained."

City Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane is the only other announced candidate for mayor. Incumbent Charles Meeker said in April that he doesn't plan to seek a sixth term in the October election.