Developer Craig Ralph has announced his campaign for one of two at-large seats on the Raleigh City Council.
Ralph, 54, is a first-time candidate who has served on boards for groups including the Raleigh Transit Authority, the Raleigh Downtown Improvement Commission and a study commission on Hillsborough Street. He was a founding member of the nonprofit Southeast Raleigh Alliance.
Craig will be challenging two well-established incumbents, Mary-Ann Baldwin and Russ Stephenson. Craig lives near Cameron Village and is registered as a Republican; the race is nonpartisan.
In a written release, he named economic development, transit and public safety as central issues, promising to be a voice of innovation and “common sense.” On his website, he warns that the city’s debt is growing too large and says he would cut spending to offset the cost of new projects, such as Dix Park.
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He also has pushed the city to cut low-ridership bus lines in favor of more cost-efficient routes that serve more people, according to his campaign.
Obey Creek considered
The Chapel Hill Town Council will hear from the public Monday evening before considering in June whether to approve a 1.6 million-square-foot residential and commercial community across from Southern Village.
The town is negotiating a 20-year development agreement with East West Partners for the 35-acre Obey Creek project. Another 85 acres surrounding a creek on the site would become a public preserve.
The project could include up to 800 apartments and townhomes, 475,000 square feet of retail, 600,000 square feet of offices and 400 hotel rooms. Plans show 10 buildings, ranging from four to eight stories.
Some residents and officials say the high-density project will provide affordable housing, office space and retail options the town lacks. Others say the size is too much and predict it will cost the town more in services than it generates in tax dollars.
A recent financial analysis estimates Obey Creek could break even for the town or help boost its bottom line.
▪ Stephen Dear, executive director of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, will speak to the Wake Senior Democrats on Wednesday, May 20, at the Crabtree Marriott in Raleigh. The meeting starts at 11 a.m. with lunch followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. Visitors welcome.
▪ Raleigh City Council Member Wayne Maiorano, who represents District A, will host a town hall meeting for the benefit of all Raleigh residents. The meeting will take place Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Anne Gordon Center for Active Adults, 1901 Spring Forest Road, at Millbrook Exchange Park.
Compiled by Andrew Kenney and Tammy Grubb.
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