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Here are the final candidates running for Raleigh mayor and City Council

All eight seats on the Raleigh City Council, including the mayor’s spot, are up for grabs this October.

The mayor and two at-large seats are elected by everyone within the city, while district candidates can only be voted on by people who live in the district. The terms are for two-years.

Raleigh’s municipal election is Oct. 8, 2019, and early voting starts on Sept. 18.

Here are the candidates who filed. An asterisk designates an incumbent.

You can find Cary Town Council candidates at http://bit.ly/CaryCandidates2019 and other Wake County town and city candidates at http://bit.ly/WakeCountyLocalCandidates.

Raleigh Mayor

Nancy McFarlane announced in March she would not seek a fifth term as the city’s mayor. Six candidates filed.

Mary-Ann Baldwin

  • Age: 62
  • Address: Capital Boulevard
  • Occupation: vice president of marketing for Holt Brothers Inc. and executive director of the Holt Brothers Foundation
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Former City Council member from 2007 to 2017.
  • Campaign website: www.maryannforraleigh.com

Zainab Baloch

  • Age: 28
  • Address: South State Street
  • Occupation: Numbers operation specialist at Even
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None.
  • Campaign website: www.zainab4raleigh.com/

Charles Francis

  • Age: 56
  • Address: Birnamwood Road
  • Occupation: Managing Partner at Francis Law Firm and Managing Director, North State Bank
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Appointed to Raleigh City Council in 1993. Served on the Planning Commission and the Centennial Authority.
  • Campaign website: www.francisforraleigh.com

George Knott

  • Age: 42
  • Address: Ortega Road
  • Occupation: Musician
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: www.george4raleigh.com

Caroline Sullivan

  • Age: 53
  • Address: Fairview Road
  • Occupation: Senior Advisor for the North Carolina Business Committee for Education
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Former Wake County Commissioner
  • Campaign website: www.carolineforraleigh.com

Justin Sutton:

  • Age: 30
  • Address: Sandy Creek Drive
  • Occupation: Procurement Attorney for the state of North Carolina
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: www.suttonformayor.com

Raleigh At-Large (2 seats)

The two candidates with the most votes will be elected.

James Bledsoe

  • Age: 33
  • Address: Maybrook Crossing Drive
  • Occupation: IT Technician for NC Department of Public Safety, Sergeant in U.S. Army Reserves as a combat engineer.
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: www.electjamesbledsoe.com

Jonathan Melton

  • Age: 33
  • Address: Selwyn Alley
  • Occupation: Domestic Law Attorney
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: www.jonathanmelton.com

Portia Rochelle

  • Age: 66
  • Address: Adcox Place
  • Occupation: Retired state employee and also local clergy
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: Under development

Carlie Allison Spencer

Russ Stephenson*

  • Age: 63
  • Address: Oberlin Drive
  • Occupation: Architect and urban design consultant
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Raleigh City Council member since 2005.
  • Campaign website: www.russforraleigh.com/

Nicole Stewart*

  • Age: 37
  • Address: Euston Street
  • Occupation: Development director for the N.C. Conservation Network
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Raleigh City Council member since 2017.
  • Campaign website: www.nicoleforraleigh.com

Raleigh District A

Dickie Thompson announced in July he would not seek a third term representing North Raleigh.

Joshua Bradley

Patrick Buffkin

  • Age: 36
  • Address: Apache Drive
  • Occupation: Staff attorney with the N.C. Utilities Commission
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Current member of the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Greenways Advisory Board
  • Campaign website: www.patrickforraleigh.com

Sam Hershey

  • Age: 42
  • Address: Cedarhurst Drive
  • Occupation: Founder of Evim Solutions LLC
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: www.samforraleigh.com/

Raleigh District B

This district includes the northeast section of Raleigh.

David Cox*

  • Age: 61
  • Address: Stoneytrace Court
  • Occupation: Computer scientist with ABB Company
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Raleigh City Council member since 2015
  • Campaign website: www.dcoxforcouncil.com

Brian Fitzsimmons

  • Age: 36
  • Address: Landing Falls Lane
  • Occupation: Project Manager of AssuredPartners
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): former member of the city’s Human Relations Committee.
  • Campaign website: www.brianfitznc.com/

Raleigh District C

This district includes the southeast section of Raleigh.

Shelia Alamin-Khashoggi

  • Age: 56
  • Address: Amistad Lane
  • Occupation: Owner of Beary Special Daycare
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Former member of the Human Relations Commission
  • Campaign website: www.sheliakhashoggicampaign.org/

Corey Branch*

  • Age: 41
  • Address: Lake Trout Lane
  • Occupation: Associate Director of Technology for AT&T
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Raleigh City Council member since 2015
  • Campaign website: www.coreybranch.com

Wanda Hunter

  • Age: 39
  • Address: Raleigh Boulevard
  • Occupation: Finance Manager for Blueprint North Carolina
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: Under development

Ricky Scott

  • Age: 58
  • Address: Farris Court
  • Occupation: Teaching and learning consulting
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Current chairperson of the Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, former Human Relations Committee member.
  • Campaign website: Under development

Raleigh District D

Brittany Bryan

  • Age: 38
  • Address: Boylan Avenue
  • Occupation: Regional Manager for EBSCO
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: www..brittany4raleigh.com/

Kay Crowder*

  • Age: 63
  • Address: Ashburton Road
  • Occupation: Retired, former sales and marketing executive
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Raleigh City Council member since 2014.
  • Campaign website: www.crowderforcouncil.com

Saige Martin

  • Age: 28
  • Address: Hillcrest Road
  • Occupation: Fund Director for Open Road Alliance and Fidelity Charitable
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: www.saige4raleigh.com/

April Parker

  • Age: 25
  • Address: Nine Iron Way
  • Occupation: Policy and Development Coordinator for Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): None
  • Campaign website: www.aprilparkerforcitycouncil.com/

Raleigh District E

David Knight

  • Age: 51
  • Address: Alleghany Drive
  • Occupation: Owner of Knight Consulting
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): Former member of the Raleigh Water Conservation Task Force and Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board
  • Campaign website: www.knightforraleigh.com

Stef Mendell*

  • Age: 64
  • Address: Oak Grove Circle
  • Occupation: Retired, formerly international communications executive with GlaxoSmithKline
  • Political experience (elected or appointed): City Council member since 2017
  • Campaign website: www.stefmendellforcouncil.com
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Anna Johnson covers Raleigh and Wake County for the News & Observer. She has previously covered city government, crime and business for newspapers across North Carolina and received many North Carolina Press Association awards, including first place for investigative reporting. She is a 2012 alumna of Elon University.
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