Wake County

Gaylord seeks re-election to Raleigh council

A Raleigh City Council race is shaping up in District E, which includes Northwest Raleigh and the part of the city between downtown and Interstate 440.

Councilman Bonner Gaylord, 37, formally announced his campaign this week. He’ll have at least one challenger: DeAntony Collins, 30.

Gaylord is registered as politically unaffiliated, while Collins is a registered Democrat. Gaylord is the general manager of the North Hills business and residential center; Collins is a manager of a Bright Horizons early childhood education facility.

In an early interview, Collins said he was inspired to run after making years of connections with people around the city. His primary goal is to help people get involved with and understand city government. He does not have previous experience in city politics.

Gaylord, running for his fourth term, said he wants to encourage economic development in sectors beyond tech, a goal that Collins shares, and new uses of technology by the city, among other goals. Both candidates met for a morning beverage to introduce themselves on Thursday.

Mayor awaits cheese

Before Monday’s national championship basketball game between Duke and Wisconsin, Durham Mayor Bill Bell made a bet with Madison, Wisc., Mayor Paul Soglin: North Carolina barbecue against “Wisconsin’s finest cheese.”

Duke won 68-63, and Bell brought up the bet at the City Council work session Thursday.

“I’m still waiting on my cheese to come,” Bell said. “I told the mayor to just send the cheese, we’d have the wine and the crackers.”

Political events

▪ Public relations specialist Alitha Palich, owner of AGP Consulting, will speak to the Wake Senior Democrats on Wednesday, April 15, 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.

Compiled by Andrew Kenney and Jim Wise.

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