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RALEIGH — Two-term incumbent Raleigh Mayor Tom Fetzerhas won another term, easily defeating five challengers Tuesday night. ButFetzer lost the 5-3 conservative voting bloc he has enjoyed forthe past four years. At best, he will have three allies on the incomingcouncil.

Raleigh's voter turnout was just under 20 percent, while Durham's turnoutwas about 14 percent.

In other Raleigh City Council races, two at-large seats were up for grabs.They went to incumbent Julie Shea Graw, who finished first, and stategovernment manager Stephanie Fanjul, who finished second.Incumbent Marc Scruggs, a Fetzer ally, finished third.

In District A, the race was close enough for a runoff.Incumbent Kieran Shanahan will likely face challengerKeith Karlsson.In District B, two-term incumbent John Odom held off a challengefrom N.C. State graduate student Thomas Caves.

Incumbent Brad Thompson swept District C, which covers most of SoutheastRaleigh. In District D, environmental consultant Benson Kirkman beatnewspaper man Alan Sims.

In the Wake County school board races, there were two contested seats.In District 1, Bob Luddy, with 42 percent of the vote, finishedfirst, but is headed for a runoff with second-place finisher Kathryn Watson Quigg. Byron Harris came in third, and just 42 votesbehind Quigg, according to unofficial returns.

In District 7, incumbent Judy Hoffman was elected to a third term.She defeated three challengers.

In Durham, Tuesday's primary narrowed the field toIke Robinson, Durham's mayor pro tem,and Nick Tennyson, executive vice president of the Durham and Chapel Hill homebuilders association.

Several City Council seats also were up for grabs.

Ward 1 will have a new member.Incumbent Frank Hyman is out.There will be a runoff between former Mayor Harry Rodenheizer Jr. andWalltown activist Brenda Burnette.

In the at-large race,the top five vote-getters will face off again for three seats.Incumbent Floyd McKissick joins Mary Jacobs, John Best, Doug Biddy, andPamela Blyth in the runoff race.

In Cumberland County, voters approved a $98 million school bondreferendum, 56 to 44 percent. The money will be used for new constructionand building renovations.

In Fayetteville,incumbent Mayor J.L. Dawkins will face Breeden Blackwell in a runoff.Threenames were on the ballot, but Stephen Felder dropped out of the race afterthe ballots were printed.

In the at-large race, 11 candidates were on the ballot, with the top sixmoving to the runoff:incumbent Milo McBryde, Anne Fogleman, Jimmy Kizer,Marshall Pitts, incumbent Chris Dempster, and Ron Wilfrey.

In District 2, incumbent Ida Ross and Paul Williams will face oneanother in next month's general election.

In District 7, Curtis Worthy and Devone Kinston will face each other in the run-off.And in District Nine, Wick Smith and Suzanne Rucker advance to the general election in November.

Henderson's mayor will serve another term.Incumbent Chick Young soundly defeated challenger Eric Wilkins.


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