Wake County

Third-place finisher concedes Raleigh City Council race, securing a win for a Democrat

Nicole Stewart, 36, stands to win an at-large seat on the Raleigh City Council after Stacy Miller announced on Thursday that he won’t seek a runoff.
Nicole Stewart, 36, stands to win an at-large seat on the Raleigh City Council after Stacy Miller announced on Thursday that he won’t seek a runoff. Contributed photo

The Raleigh City Council seat vacated by Mary-Ann Baldwin will again be occupied by a woman.

Nicole Stewart, 36, came in second place Tuesday for two at-large council seats, winning 23 percent of the vote – not quite enough to avoid the possibility of a runoff with the third-place finisher, Stacy Miller. But on Thursday, Miller said he won’t seek a runoff.

“As an independent candidate, I ran not to divide the city but to bring it together,” Miller said. “To petition for a citywide runoff would frustrate that purpose.”

Stewart, a Democrat, released a statement Thursday thanking her supporters.

“I also want to thank Stacy Miller for graciously declining a runoff so we can move forward with our plans for governing,” she said. “It is clear that Raleigh is ready for the next generation of leaders who will work tirelessly for all of us and stay true to our shared values.”

Stewart grew up in Apex and attended UNC-Wilmington. She now works as an organizer and fundraiser for the NC Conservation Network.

Incumbent Russ Stephenson, 61, was the top vote-getter in the at-large race, securing another two-year term on the council. Baldwin, a longtime council member, didn’t run for re-election.

Miller, 52, said he called Stewart to concede and congratulate her.

Miller grew up in Raleigh and works as a trial attorney at a law firm he founded downtown. He ran as an unaffiliated candidate but was endorsed by the Wake County Republican Party and raised more than $159,000 – more than most candidates.

“My family and I are committed to serving parts of Raleigh that have been underserved,” he said. “I’ve been honored by the bipartisan support I received.”

Paul A. Specht: 919-829-4870, @AndySpecht

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