Coble, Fanjul Advance to Runoff in Raleigh Mayor's Race
Posted October 4, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Two City Council members are closer to becoming the next mayor of Raleigh.
RaleighCity Council member Paul Coble led the pack of nine candidates with 38 percent of the vote. Fellow council member Stephanie Fanjul, who received 20 percent of the vote, will join Coble in a November runoff. Three-term mayor Tom Fetzer is not seeking re-election.
In the at-large race, two seats are on the line. Incumbent Julie Shea Graw took one of those seats Tuesday with 34 percent of the vote. A runoff for the second seat will be held between lobbyist Theresa Kostrzewa (18 percent), who campaigned as Theresa "K," and former council member Mort Congleton (12 percent).
School overcrowding and new construction are major issues facing the new Wake County school board members. Five seats are up for grabs, and only one incumbent is seeking re-election.
Growth, crime and economic development are hot issues for voters in the Bull City. Nick Tennyson,Durham'scurrent mayor, will get another shot to keep his job.
Tennyson, who received 39 percent of the vote, will be challenged by council member Floyd McKissick, who received 30 percent of the vote.
Durham voters also narrowed down the field for at-large city council candidates, although not by much. Of the seven candidates, six will appear on the November ballot.
The current mayor ofFayettevillehas no problem moving on to the November election.
J.L. Dawkins is seeking his seventh term in office. He won the primary Tuesday by a wide margin. His challenger in November ballot will be postal worker Edna Picket.
Some familiar names will be back in the race for Fayetteville City Council; four incumbent council members are vying for three at-large seats.
In the district races, the top two vote-getters will meet in November. One way or another, a Smith will hold this seat. Mabel Smith faces Michael Smith in the District 2 race. Nat Robertson, a former council member, and Lois Kirby will fight for the seat in District 5.
Incumbent Mark Kendrick for District 6 wins the primary handily and will face off with Elinor Netzorg in November.
And in District 9, former county commissioner Rollin Shaw and Thomas Coyne move on to the November ballot.
Goldsboro's mayor will get the chance to run for a sixth term. A majority of the primary votes went to Mayor Hal Ponk, who received 84 percent of the vote. He will be challenged in November by Goldsboro businessman Lonnie Casey.
Roxboro's mayor will remain in office. Lois Winstead came out on top with almost 70 percent of the vote.
There will be a shift in power inDunn. In a tight race, incumbent Mayor Abe Elmore was edged out by political newcomer Abraham Oudeh.
Hendersonvoters also chose to keep their current mayor in place. With more than 85 percent of the vote, Chick Young soundly defeated competitor Eric Wilkins. andMichelle Singer