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Raleigh mayor talks progress, accomplishments during final State of the City address

Posted November 1, 2019 4:56 p.m. EDT
Updated November 1, 2019 10:41 p.m. EDT

— Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane delivered her final State of the City address Friday night.

McFarlane spoke at the Raleigh Union Station as part of the First Friday Gallery Walk. Click the below video to watch.

She talked about accomplishments she made during her time in office including opening Dix Park as well as more jobs and investment in the city. She also talked about some of the challenges she faced.

"Raleigh, like every fast growing city in the country, is facing an issue of affordability," McFarlane said.

McFarlane announced on March 13 she would not seek a fifth two-year term as Raleigh's mayor. She was first elected in 2011 and was most recently re-elected in November 2017.

Former City Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin was elected as Raleigh's next mayor in October. She had the most votes in the Oct. 8 election and, on Oct. 11, attorney Charles Francis said he would not seek a runoff with Baldwin after finishing second in the voting. The vote was close enough where Francis could ask for a runoff.

Baldwin will take the office in December.

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