Politics & Government
11:49 am
Tue September 13, 2011

New Leaders Running in Raleigh

Candidates for Raleigh mayor and city council meet tonight for a candidate forum.

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.

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.

All Raleigh City Council seats are also up for grabs, but three incumbents are running unopposed. That means two seats and the two at-large races will be competitive.

Tonight’s candidate forum is sponsored by Wake Up Wake County and the League of Women Voters. All candidates for mayor and city council are expected to participate.