Charles Meeker en Big Weekend for Outgoing Mayor <p></p><p>Outgoing Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker is on somewhat of a farewell tour today. First off is the Human Relation Commission's "Unity Day" at the Convention Center this morning. One big issue they'll be discussing is the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage and domestic unions in the state. Meeker doesn't mince words about that. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 23:55:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 7147 at Big Weekend for Outgoing Mayor Pullen Park To Reopen <p></p><p>A signature amusement center in Raleigh reopens tomorrow. Pullen Park, near NC State, will have several new features.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Pullen Park has been a family favorite for more than 100 years. The carousel, the pedal boats, and the miniature train ride have entertained generations of Raleigh-ites. Many of the attractions have been closed the last two years, undergoing extensive renovations.</p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:35:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 7200 at Pullen Park To Reopen The Part-Time Politician <p></p><p></p><p>Next Tuesday, voters will go to the polls in Raleigh to choose a new mayor. For the first time in a decade, they will pick someone who is not Charles Meeker. Billie Redmond, Nancy McFarlane, and Randall Williams are all running to replace him. And if history is any guide, it will be the last elected position any of them will ever run for. Becoming mayor in the state’s capitol city is hardly a stepping stone to a long political career.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 09:20:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 7375 at The Part-Time Politician Supporters Urge Bond Passage <p>Several dozen supporters staged a small rally this morning to support the passage of two separate city-wide bonds on the ballot for next week. If passed, the bonds would go to improving transportation and low-income housing. They would total about $56 million and cost the average homeowner about $17 a year. Outgoing mayor Charles Meeker is hoping the historically strong support for bonds in Raleigh continues. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 21:10:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 7381 at Meeker Endorses McFarlane <p>Outgoing Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has made an endorsement for his successor.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Meeker has thrown his support behind Nancy McFarlane, who served on the City Council for four of Meeker’s ten years in office. Meeker made the announcement this afternoon.</p><p>McFarlane is running as an unaffiliated candidate. Meeker is a democrat.</p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 20:10:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 7387 at New Leaders Running in Raleigh <p>Candidates for Raleigh mayor and city council meet tonight for a candidate forum.</p><p>For the first time in 10 years, there is no incumbent running for mayor in Raleigh. In April, Charles Meeker decided not to seek a sixth term.</p><p>Three candidates are seeking to replace him and none of them are democrats. Nancy MacFarlane is running as an unaffiliated candidate, although she has been endorsed by the Wake County Democratic Party. Randall Williams and Billie Jean Redmond are running as Republicans.</p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:49:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 7478 at Council Endorses Light Rail Plan for Raleigh <p></p><p>The Raleigh City Council has approved a proposal for a downtown light rail line.<br><br>City council members voted last night to support a route that goes through the west side of downtown along Harrington Avenue. It's a segment of the light rail proposal from Triangle Transit Authority that would eventually run from Chapel Hill to Garner. The council's plan breaks from a recommendation by the city's Passenger Rail Task Force. That route would have brought tracks into the heart of downtown on both sides of the Capitol building. Tue, 02 Aug 2011 17:42:00 +0000 Will Michaels 8277 at Council Endorses Light Rail Plan for Raleigh Local Candidates Step Forward <p>Local election season officially gets underway today. Candidates are able to file for election in both Wake and Durham.</p><p>The most crowded race is expected to be for Mayor of Raleigh. Incumbent Charles Meeker has announced he will not seek re-election. That has opened up the field to a number of candidates.</p> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 8312 at Meeker Won't Seek Re-election <p></p><p style="line-height: 15px; margin-bottom: 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker will not seek another term in office this fall. He made the announcement earlier today.&nbsp;</p><p style="line-height: 15px; margin-bottom: 0.75em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, serif; background-color: rgb(162, 191, 228);">Charles Meeker is known for staying very calm under pressure and not letting his emotions get the best of him. This morning, though, he cracked a little when talking about the success of his pet project -&nbsp;the opening of Fayetteville Street.</p><p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:11:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 8884 at Meeker Won't Seek Re-election Meeker's State Of The City <p>Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker gave his annual State of the City address today. Speaking at a Rotary Club meeting, Meeker summarized some of the city’s recent successes, including hosting the NHL All-Star game. He also laid out goals to continue expanding efforts at sustainability and transportation. Meeker says with unemployment rates dropping and sales stabilizing, it’s time to look ahead.</p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:10:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 10053 at