Raleigh Municipal Elections 2017

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There were many candidates running for city office in the Raleigh municipal election on Tuesday. The mayor’s race could go to a runoff if incumbent Nancy McFarlane fails to secure 50 percent of the vote. At the city council level, 24 candidates filed to run for two at-large seats. It was the largest field for that office since 1999, when two incumbents lost their seats. One candidate, Zainab Baloch, made national news after her campaign sign was vandalized with “Trump.” She came in fifth place.

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The vast majority of Raleigh City Council seats were easily re-elected. Bonner Gaylord’s bid for her sixth term was unsuccessful, but a new face will join the council. Nicole Stewart finished second in the at-large race, but failed to clear 25 percent of the vote.

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