Russ Stephenson was elected to the Raleigh City Council 12 years ago and has been a strong advocate for thoughtful city planning. He’s focused on traffic congestion and wants to improve the city’s ability to plan for growth. He’s also a strong advocate for affordable housing.
A Raleigh native, Russ is an architect by trade. He’s worked on projects for the State of North Carolina and the Triangle county government. He has also served on the Raleigh Planning Commission for two years. He has extensive experience in urban design and preservation, and has designed buildings and communities throughout the Triangle region.
The race for Raleigh’s District D seat is a tight one. Kay Crowder and Saige Martin are trailing each other in District D, which covers a portion of downtown and the south. Councilman Russ Stephenson is in a runoff race with Jonathan Melton for the other two at-large seats. If the candidates cannot reach an agreement in September, a runoff will be scheduled.