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Raleigh gets 3rd at-large council candidate

Nicole Stewart, a 35-year-old who works at the N.C. Conservation Network, plans to run for one of two at-large seats on the Raleigh City Council.
Nicole Stewart, a 35-year-old who works at the N.C. Conservation Network, plans to run for one of two at-large seats on the Raleigh City Council. Courtesy of Nicole Stewart

Voters will have at least three choices to fill two at-large seats on the Raleigh City Council this fall.

Nicole Stewart plans to run for an at-large council seat in the election this October. She works as development director for the N.C. Conservation Network, a coalition of nearly 100 community and environmental groups statewide.

The Raleigh City Council has eight members: the mayor, two at-large members and five district representatives. Mary-Ann Baldwin and Russ Stephenson currently hold the at-large seats, and Stephenson recently announced his plan to seek re-election.

So far, Stewart is the only candidate with no experience on the City Council. Attorney Stacy Miller, who’s also running for an at-large seat, served on the council in 1997 when the council appointed him to replace someone who was elected to the state Senate.

Stewart, 35, touts her work as a collaborator as evidence she can govern effectively. She wants to improve communication between the government and residents.

Stewart’s website includes endorsements from former Raleigh mayor Charles Meeker and Wake commissioner Jessica Holmes.

“Nicole Stewart will bring the next generation of progressive leadership and vision to the Raleigh City Council,” Meeker is quoted as saying. “Nicole understands how to work with others to get important projects done.”

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

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