Raleigh City Council Elections 2019

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The Raleigh City Council Elections 2019 will bring new faces to Raleigh. Filing closed Friday for the mayor and council seats. There are six incumbents running for re-election and two open seats. Here is a look at the candidates. The district leaders are Patrick Buffkin and David Cox. The District D councilor, Stormie Forte, decided to run for an at-large seat.

Lee is a senior at NC State University and will graduate this fall with a degree in Political Science. She is also a member of the Raleigh Civil Service Commission. She also volunteers as a substitute teacher and guardian ad litem. Lee announced her candidacy in September, raising more than $30,000. Her campaign platform focuses on addressing housing shortages and traffic problems. She also wants to promote transit and green development.

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John Odom, 75, has served on the Raleigh city council for 14 years. After losing his District B seat to David Cox in 2015, Odom switched to a non-partisan political party. His campaign promises to improve police pay and maintain city infrastructure while keeping the city’s finances frugal.

District A’s two open seats will go to a runoff. Martin received 47% of the vote in the first round while Crowder received 33%. Crowder has held the District D seat since 2014. Her husband, Thomas Crowder, died in 2014, and she was appointed to fill his vacancy.

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Lawson is an attorney and is a professor at Duke University School of Law. He has served on many boards in the city, including the Environmental Advisory Board and Human Relations Commission. He supports community partnerships, good governance, and sustainable growth. He also pledges to implement ethics reforms for council members. He also supports the creation of a new Board of Community Engagement.

In the city council elections, the city will have its first openly LGBTQ representative. In District D, Saige Martin defeated the five-year incumbent, while Jonathan Melton won the at-large seat. The Victory Fund candidates did not request a runoff. North Carolina is one of 28 states without any LGBTQ protections, making it a hotbed for far-right culture warriors in recent years.

Cox has become a popular candidate after organizing a campaign against the proposed Publix in North Raleigh. As an outspoken critic of development, Cox has clashed with McFarlane. The race featured several negative campaign mailers, including one comparing Cox to President Donald Trump. A spokesman for Cox did not respond to questions about the ad.

As the youngest member of the Environmental Advisory Board, Black is a social justice activist and advocate. She has served as an associate minister and president of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP. Her goal is to promote climate justice.

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