Raleigh Report

Corey Branch hopes to keep seat on Raleigh City Council

Corey Branch, center, listens during a Raleigh City Council meeting Dec. 1, 2015.
Corey Branch, center, listens during a Raleigh City Council meeting Dec. 1, 2015. cseward@newsobserver.com

Southeast Raleigh’s representative on the City Council will try to keep his seat this fall.

Corey Branch, elected to represent District C on the council in 2015, plans to seek a second term. His announcement came hours after a political newcomer, Olen Watson, on Tuesday launched his campaign for the seat.

Branch, 39, works as an associate director of technology for AT&T. On the council, he has advocated for expanded transit and affordable housing options. Last year, he was one of two council members who first suggested raising the property tax rate 1 cent to fund more affordable housing units.

In his announcement, Branch promises to “continue to promote affordable housing needs, establish an atmosphere which allows small businesses to thrive in East and Southeast Raleigh, increase civic engagement by creating opportunities for citizen participation, and develop programs to empower, motivate, and develop our youth.”

A campaign kick-off event is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 29 at 236 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Raleigh.

The City Council is a nonpartisan board that for several years has been controlled by Democrats.

The District C seat has been occupied by black residents for three decades.

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

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