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Sept. 15 : Voter registration deadline

Sept. 21-Oct. 7 : Early voting & same-day registration

Oct. 3 : Last day to request absentee ballot

TUESDAY, OCT. 10 : ELECTION DAY
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Raleigh City Council (At-Large)
Vote for 2 candidates in this race

Shelia Alamin-Khashoggi

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Background:
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Veteran advocate for people with 20+ years of experience and two Masters Degrees in Public Administration and Religious Education, respectively. My experience spans law enforcement to non-profit educational corporation administration of hundreds. I am an entrepreneur, wife, mother and grandmother.

Click to see question responses from Shelia Alamin-Khashoggi

How important is affordable housing to Raleigh’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

Affordable housing is critical to the sustainability of the rate of growth of the Raleigh economy. We can better insure adequate stocks of affordable housing if we coordinate the volume of and location of housing such that the distressed property landowners are made better aware of reinvestment opportunities juxtaposed to gentrified sales.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

Entrepreneurial innovation centers that encourage higher learning while providing income producing work would be the goal of partnering with institutions of higher learning to qualify and vet leadership willing to hire contemporaries and partner with neighbors. Where possible, the city would serve as advocate industry for these startups.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Raleigh establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

City council should consider going beyond a police-community relations board and seek to incorporate oversight investigation and disciplinary powers in the general recruiting and promotional plan for policing. My view is that peacekeeping should take precedence over policing where community relations dictate career employment.

What can or should Raleigh do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

Complete the 540 Loop (Southeast Extension) to extend the Triangle Expressway and connect the six municipalities to Raleigh while easing congestion on I440, I-40, NC42, NC55, and Ten-Ten Rd. before 2020.

What can the city do to promote more grocery store and healthy food options in food-insecure communities?

The city would need to readdress the Uniform Descriptions Ordinance (UDO) to consider how smaller niche groceries could compete with mega-store grocery vendors in food-insecure communities. A primary consideration would be the prohibition of the sale of alcohol in the same facility as fresh food where a minimal/maximum square footage was dictated.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

Delivery of police service is not getting the attention of this municipality. Elements of disruption and civic leadership are not encouraging minorities to contribute to the resolution of issues nor listening to their complaints. The problem is addressable by giving all residents a voice through extending the current CAC methodology on police oversight.

Rob Axtell

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I am a Raleigh native, and a Service Manager with over 25 years of experience in the multifamily housing industry. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree from NCSU and an Associate in Applied Science degree from Wake Tech.

Click to see question responses from Rob Axtell

How important is affordable housing to Raleigh’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

Affordable housing is vital to Raleigh’s future. Beautiful luxury housing is being created all over Raleigh, but high costs are pushing out teachers, first responders, city workers and Raleigh natives. I propose offering innovative, new incentives to developers who build and maintain affordable housing, and promoting existing incentives for affordable housing via targeted marketing campaigns.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

More training programs inside and outside of schools are key. Businesses need skilled electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians, construction specialists, etc. Too many people have the false impression that everyone must go to a four-year college to be successful. Overlooked is the enormous need for trades that make a modern world function.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Raleigh establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

Overall, the Raleigh police department does a good job regarding their relations with the public. There is, of course, always opportunity to grow relations further. I currently support more police-community meetings, more warning tickets, use of body cameras and more transparency regarding police/citizen incidents, instead of establishing a new board.

What can or should Raleigh do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

Light rail is two decades overdue. It needs to be started NOW to connect all parts of the city for everyone. Too many citizens have a hard time getting around Raleigh without a vehicle and those with a vehicle get stuck in traffic.  I also support BRT, HOV lanes, more sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes.

What can the city do to promote more grocery store and healthy food options in food-insecure communities?

Marketing and incentives are key. There is a win-win opportunity for grocery stores that build in areas of need, and the city will need to engage directly with these businesses to show them the benefits. The city should provide more incentives to grocery stores if certain criteria are met.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

Raleigh is becoming more alienated into different regions. Left behind are people without vehicles, who have a hard time getting around the city. We need all of the aforementioned transportation options to ensure that ALL parts of the city are connected and readily accessible by ALL of Raleigh’s citizens. We must literally bring Raleigh together.

Zainab Baloch

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Background:
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As a Raleigh native, I volunteered in Raleigh throughout my secondary schooling, worked with the Raleigh youth programs during my undergraduate studies at NCSU, and am now working for the NC Division of Mental Health while pursuing my MPA.

Click to see question responses from Zainab Baloch

How important is affordable housing to Raleigh’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

Ensuring affordable housing for Raleigh residents is crucial to the success of this city. First, we need to stand up to, and limit, developers that gentrify the city and raise costs, which has financially forced residents out of their homes. Second, I support expanding the Low Income Tax Credit to help combat this issue.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

To address the inadequate job offerings for young people, we must improve our job market, and ensure that people can afford to live in the city at the same time. This means that the city needs to work with developers on projects to improve all aspects of the community, including job production and affordability.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Raleigh establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

Raleigh Police Department and the Raleigh community need to have a stronger relationship to enhance community relations and public safety. This will be improved through city-mandated climate and culture training. By establishing a police-community oversight board, we will ensure a stronger relationship, and thus, a stronger community.

What can or should Raleigh do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

Raleigh must provide more buses to keep up with the demand. By increasing the number of buses in Raleigh, public transportation times will be cut, which will increase the usage of public transportation, and decrease overall driving times. Not only will traffic be improved, but so will the environment.

What can the city do to promote more grocery store and healthy food options in food-insecure communities?

The US Department of Agriculture categorizes Southeast Raleigh as a food desert. To remedy this, the city needs to provide tax incentives to grocery stores in this area. Not only will this give residents more food options, but it will also provide jobs in an area of Raleigh that lacks in job opportunity.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

As someone who works in mental health, I am passionate about ending the stigmas surrounding it. This starts with schools, by teaching students to identify signs of self-injurious and suicidal behavior, giving them the resources to seek help, and strengthening the city’s relationship with mental health facilities.

Stacy Miller

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Background:
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Stacy Miller was born and raised in Raleigh. He attended Broughton High, Wake Forest University, studied law at Campbell, and has spent the last 23 years serving the city as a lawyer. He served on Raleigh City Council in 1997.

Click to see question responses from Stacy Miller

How important is affordable housing to Raleigh’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

Affordable housing is critical to Raleigh’s future. We need to create a strategic plan for (i) land banking (ii) public-private funding solutions (i.e. TIFs, fee-in-lieu, density bonuses and assessment districts), (iii) incentives to rehabilitate naturally occurring affordable housing, and (iv) other innovative funding ideas, such as leveraging the Community Reinvestment Act.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

Raleigh needs a strategic job growth plan focused on (i) citizen engagement, (ii) 21st century industries with well-paying jobs that employ the knowledge, skills and abilities of the existing community (iii) workforce training (iv) transportation infrastructure to better connect job and housing centers and (v) businesses incentives to hire from within the community.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Raleigh establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

Community engagement with Raleigh’s police force is essential. When we strive to understand each other we create healthier and safer communities. An oversight board may be an effective tool, but we would first have to establish clear safeguards so as to not interfere with our judicial system and avoid constitutional challenges.

What can or should Raleigh do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

Raleigh’s ability to accommodate smart growth and attract economic development while handling congestion will depend in large part on a healthy transportation system. We need more extensive multi-modal options along strategic corridors to better and more efficiently connect housing and job centers.

What can the city do to promote more grocery store and healthy food options in food-insecure communities?

Access to healthy food options is one of the most important aspects of preventative health care and overall wellbeing of a community. The city must attract and grow local food cooperatives unique to the needs of Raleigh and develop a strategic plan that ensures food access, education, sustainable food supply, and economic opportunity.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

Wage disparity is an increasing problem in our city. Not all areas of the city have enjoyed the same level of economic development, leaving some communities underserved. The city needs to develop strategies to create competitive environments and economic opportunities for these underserved communities.

Russ Stephenson

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Background:
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Thirty-plus years experience in architecture, environmental design, urban planning and historic preservation. Twelve years experience serving all citizens of Raleigh as At-Large City Councilor.  Council's leading advocate for comprehensive planning, sustainable growth, environmental stewardship, neighborhood conservation and social equity. 

Click to see question responses from Russ Stephenson

How important is affordable housing to Raleigh’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

Last year, Council dedicated a new $6 million annual allocation to triple Raleigh's affordable housing production. This year, I am leading a Council Committee effort to partner with Wake County to study best practices, reduce costs, and increase the production and retention of affordable housing units even more.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

In the long run, providing equitable job opportunities begins with greater equity of opportunity in the fundamentals: education, healthcare, housing and transportation (See my answer to Question #6.) In the near term, Raleigh is partnering with Capital Area Workforce Development and Wake Tech to expand IT training and mentoring.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Raleigh establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

I support Raleigh Police Chief Casandra Deck-Brown’s proactive and interactive approach to police-community relations. Recent community conversations about Raleigh’s draft body-worn camera policy have been informative, thoughtful and constructive.  I support a community conversation about the merits of existing police review boards in other North Carolina cities and their statutory authority.

What can or should Raleigh do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

One remaining key to Raleigh's sustainable success is better mobility. That’s why I voted for the new Raleigh Union Train Station, the Wake Transit Plan, the Raleigh BikeShare program, expanded sidewalk construction and the upcoming City Transportation Bond. Together, they will relieve road congestion while providing more healthy and convenient mobility options for all.

What can the city do to promote more grocery store and healthy food options in food-insecure communities?

Raleigh is a major annual funder of healthy food providers such as the Food Bank, Interfaith Food Shuttle and Meals on Wheels, and has updated zoning rules to promote urban gardening. Longer term, Raleigh must continue promoting mixed-income redevelopment in food-insecure areas. An expanded customer base will attract expanded food choices.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

According to a recent national study of income mobility in 100 large US cities, Raleigh ranked near the bottom at #95. This presents a major challenge in working to ensure that every Raleigh citizen has opportunities to share in Raleigh’s prosperity. We need to view Raleigh through the lens of equity.

Nicole Stewart

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Background:
(submitted by candidate)

I am a working mom and local philanthropist, who's married to a small business owner, and I'm deeply invested in how Raleigh grows. I grew up in Apex and have lived in Raleigh for 14 years.

Click to see question responses from Nicole Stewart

How important is affordable housing to Raleigh’s future and how do you propose ensuring that the city maintains an adequate stock of affordable housing?

Housing affordability is one of the top priorities of my campaign. My approach would be multi-pronged. I believe we need to better understand the challenge, focus on best practices and bright spots, rely on regional cooperation, address overall cost of living, explore creating a land bank, and target housing supply.

What are your ideas to create more jobs for young people, especially those groups with traditionally higher unemployment rates like young African-Americans?

Raleigh should do more to lift-up our entrepreneurs especially when it comes   to women and minority-owned businesses. We should invest in our people and small business owners already here by providing vocational training partnerships with WCPSS and local colleges, increase access to capital (loans and grants), and expand the City’s youth employment program.

What are your views and plans regarding police-community relations? Should Raleigh establish a police-community oversight board with investigatory and disciplinary powers?

In most parts of Raleigh, police-community relations are positive. We should establish a thoughtfully created police-community oversight board so that all communities feel the same protection our community helpers can provide. We should also be looking for more ways to support our police officers with new training opportunities and whistleblower protection.

What can or should Raleigh do to provide access to efficient, reliable public transportation for all citizens?

Raleigh should work in close partnership with Wake County on implementation of the 2016 transit referendum, so we can ensure that the transit improvements serve both individuals dependent on the system as well as choice riders. We should also ensure that bus riders and drivers are at the decision-making table.

What can the city do to promote more grocery store and healthy food options in food-insecure communities?

We should seek community-based solutions and look to bright spots like the Fertile Ground Co-op, Camden Street Learning Garden, and the Food Lion on Raleigh Blvd. Raleigh should partner with groups like the Community Food Lab to determine the best ways to build healthy local food systems.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government? How would you address it?

Access to the decision-making tables by people not already at them. Raleigh is a diverse and growing city, and government leadership should reflect our diversity in demographics and experience. I support a robust citizen engagement program that respectfully and efficiently elevates a growing diversity of voices and engages residents to create a sustained two-way dialogue.

Robert E. Ward IV

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