Wayne Maiorano, who is serving his first term on the Raleigh City Council, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection.
“After considerable prayer and discussion with my family and close friends, I have decided to forgo my reelection campaign in order to devote more time to my family,” Maiorano said in a release.
Maiorano, a partner at the Smith Anderson Law Firm in downtown Raleigh, is the only city council member not seeking another term.
In April, Maiorano announced his intent to run for a second term. At the time, he said most of his first term was spent learning and listening.
He regularly held town hall meetings in North Raleigh where residents could come by and ask questions or meet city staff. He had plans to do more in North Raleigh, including creating better stormwater and flooding policies.
In 2013, Maiorano beat out incumbent councilman Randy Stagner by 250 votes to represent District A, which includes parts of North Raleigh.
Stagner has criticized Maiorano in the past for being too close with developers. Maiorano’s law firm often represents local development companies, forcing him to recuse himself from votes.
Stagner, reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, said he hadn’t decided whether to run again. He said he wants to see who else files to run.
Stagner said he’ll stay out of the race if someone he respects and trusts decides to run.
“I’m still strongly considering it,” he said.
Maiorano said he plans to continue to work on Raleigh through different service projects.
On Wednesday night, planning commission member JB Buxton said he planned to file to run for the District A on Thursday.
Here are the other candidates who have filed for city council seats:
▪ District B: incumbent John Odom and challenger David Cox
▪ District C: incumbent Eugene Weeks and challenger Corey Branch
▪ District D: Kay Crowder, who was appointed to the position last year
▪ District E: incumbent Bonner Gaylord and challengers DeAntony Collins and Edie Jeffreys
▪ At-large seats (two available): incumbents Mary-Ann Baldwin and Russ Stephenson and challenger Craig Ralph