Raleigh Report

Thompson hopes to retain Raleigh council seat

Raleigh City Council member Dickie Thompson talks to councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin during a meeting on June 21, 2016.
Raleigh City Council member Dickie Thompson talks to councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin during a meeting on June 21, 2016. ehyman@newsobserver.com

Dickie Thompson hopes to bring stability to a City Council seat that’s changed hands three times in the last three elections.

Thompson, 63, on Wednesday announced plans to seek a second term representing District A on the council. The district covers north central Raleigh from the Beltline to Interstate 540.

Thompson, a Democrat, won the seat two years ago after a runoff election against Republican Eddie Woodhouse. In a statement, Thompson noted his work protecting neighborhoods and keeping Raleigh business-friendly.

“If re-elected, I will continue a collaborative approach to problem solving, including the challenges of growth, storm water runoff, and traffic,” he said.

Thompson succeeded Wayne Maiorano, a Republican who declined to seek re-election after defeating Democrat Randy Stagner in 2013. Stagner won the set in 2011 after Nancy McFarlane, the previous district representative, was elected mayor.

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

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