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2017 Raleigh Election Calendar

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
(polls open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.)

 

 

 

 

 

Raleigh Mayor
Vote for 1 candidate in this race

Paul Fitts

Background:
(submitted by candidate)

A mortgage lender with 18 years of experience who has housed more people than all council members. That 18 years of experience includes understanding debt. The City has $2B in debt which needs to be drastically reduced.

 

Click to see question responses from Paul Fitts

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?

Better use of land. Less Red Tape on developers. Increasing ideas on job creation to help people afford homes. Government IS THE PROBLEM in the “affordable housing” arena. As a mortgage lender I’ve BROKEN obstacles to create home owners, as Mayor I’ll do more of the same.

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

The current City Council has KILLED opportunities to create jobs to favor “the environment.” Employment hungry companies such as Wal-Mart was denied permission to build in Southeast Raleigh which could have created jobs (as well as construction jobs) for young African-Americans.

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

The police department is completely unappreciated in the City of Raleigh. No “oversight” is needed for our police officers. We should work with them versus being opposed or leery of them.

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

Raleigh has an underutilized public transit system. We should maximize its use before expanding it further.

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

Pro-business growth incentives such as a reduced tax rate may entice better grocery service in some neighborhoods. But truthfully the free market is the strongest determining factor. If a business won’t make money, it will not go to a certain area.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government?

The city debt being $2B is a killer for a town our size. If we do not reduce the debt, prices for services such as trash and water go up dramatically. Clean water is more essential to our lives than a park. We need to focus on needs, not wants.

Charles Francis

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Background:
(submitted by candidate)

Born and raised in Raleigh, I attended Wake County Public Schools, graduated from Princeton University and Duke University School of Law.  I later served as a law clerk and federal prosecutor. Currently, I own a law firm here in Raleigh.

Click to see question responses from Charles Francis

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?

I will aggressively pursue the construction of tax credit housing all over Raleigh.  I will work to promote home ownership for working people through city programs, especially for employees.  I believe strongly in home ownership for working people as a vital step in securing wealth and financial security.

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

Job availability for our youth, and particularly, for African-American youth is vital.  City sponsored programs are viable options, but it is better to include a discussion with small business leaders as to the demands of the labor force they need to help promote and increase job opportunities for our youth.

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

To increase trust and accountability between police and our communities, I am in favor of an oversight board to review police matters.  State law does not grant full investigatory and disciplinary powers to such boards at this time. We need to work with both law enforcement and community leaders to protect the rights of our citizens and uphold our laws.

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

Investment in public transportation goes beyond bond packages. The citizens of Raleigh need to have faith in our transit system. We must study ways to get residents to their locations faster, and our citizens should be more informed about transit opportunities. Increased availability and better technology is the path forward.

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

The city can provide better assistance with working with community leaders to identify available lands where grocery stores are needed and then recruiting the businesses to fill those needs. If city officials can recruit concerts and festivals, we can certainly recruit better food options for our citizens.

What issue is NOT getting the attention it deserves from city government?

I know Raleigh can do better and we can start by acknowledging that Raleigh is wasting money to request additional studies for budgetary decision. I believe that is a task that city management can take care of which will decrease frivolous spending.

Nancy McFarlane

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Background:
(submitted by candidate)

Proud parent of three children who attended Wake County Public Schools and UNC-system universities. Proud grandmother. My husband Ron and I are pharmacists who started a successful business together in Raleigh. Served as a city councilor and mayor since 2007.

Click to see question responses from Nancy McFarlane

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 a top priority for me. It’s a challenge brought on by our city's success. This year, we’ve created a $6 million a year dedicated revenue stream specifically for affordable housing. We’ve approved tripling the number of affordable housing units created over the next three years.

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

I’m proud of the city council’s work to ensure all city workers make a living wage. Getting a good job starts with a quality education. I’ve fostered educational partnerships, like the recent Wake Tech and Capital Area Workforce partnership, targeted towards historically underserved young African-Americans - providing skills, and technical training to help find good jobs.

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

This past year, Police Chief Deck-Brown and I set up a series of community conversations across Raleigh that led to real conversations about race and community-police relations. We are continuing to build upon that progress. The North Carolina legislature does not allow cities to form community oversight boards with the powers described.

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

We’ve expanded bus routes and increased services on weekends. I helped lead the fight to upgrade Moore Square Station so that it’s an efficient hub of bus transportation for generations to come. I worked to ensure the County Commission placed a transit bond on the ballot so that we can adequately fund our transportation needs.

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

In Wake County, 19.6% of children live in food insecure Homes. This is unacceptable and I’m fighting to fix this problem. The city must continue to work with and provide support for nonprofits that provide healthy food for food-insecure communities. We also have a farmers market downtown that accepts food stamps.

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

I am very concerned about the escalating opioid crisis. As a pharmacist, I believe we must provide an easy way for people to get rid of unused prescription drugs. I have spoken with Attorney General Stein and Secretary Cohen at DHHS to advocate for return boxes in all pharmacies so people can dispose of unused drugs.

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