McFarlane Plans to Run for Fourth Term on Her Record | News
News
INDY Week's news blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, July 13, 2017

McFarlane Plans to Run for Fourth Term on Her Record

Posted by on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 4:16 PM

click to enlarge McFarlane and her granddaughter - THOMAS GOLDSMITH
  • Thomas Goldsmith
  • McFarlane and her granddaughter
Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, officially filing to keep her job Thursday, says she’ll campaign on her record of leading a city where most residents are “pretty happy,” according to a survey.

That doesn’t mean she’s brushing off the candidacy of banker-attorney Charles Francis, fifty-four, who became the first to file for mayor last week. October 10 municipal elections will include contested races for city council as well as for the mayor’s job.

"I see every race as competitive," McFarlane said after signing up at the Wake County Board of Elections. She was accompanied by a passel of family, from husband Ron McFarlane to granddaughter Madison, who will turn three in October.

The mayor didn't rise to the chance to respond directly to comments by Francis, who on the day he filed described McFarlane as aloof and disengaged. Vying for her fourth term as mayor, she noted that she's spent ten years in public service, counting two terms on city council.

"I'm just going to focus on the record of work that we've done," she said. McFarlane acknowledged that she can appear preoccupied. "Sometimes maybe I'm just doing my job.”

The often-cited survey, released in February by the national company ETC Institute, found that 42 percent of Raleigh residents rated the city’s quality of life as excellent, while another 49 percent rated it good. Traffic and growth emerged as areas with lower levels of satisfaction.

Within the generally positive ratings were some areas, such as overall communication with the public and stormwater management, in which the southeast sector of the city showed less satisfaction.

McFarlane says traffic and affordable housing, important issues for a possible new term, are intertwined. Effective public transit can provide means for residents to get to good jobs without driving in the heavily unpopular traffic.

“Affordable is more than just the price of the house,” she said.

McFarlane is unaffiliated politically, while Francis is a “proud Democrat” who’s been involved in local party leadership.

“It’s a nonpartisan race,” the mayor pointed out.

Tags: , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in News



Twitter Activity

Comments

It is about the guns, and the efforts of liberalsocialists to keep them out of the hands of victims.

by Pat Orsban on Politicians and the Gun Lobby Want You to Think Parkland Is About Something Other Than Guns. Don’t Let Them. (News)

Plenty of warning signs here. All ignored. No law would have stopped this. One law allowed the body count to …

by Pat Orsban on You’re Damn Right I’m Going to Politicize This Tragedy. You Should Too. (News)

Most Recent Comments

It is about the guns, and the efforts of liberalsocialists to keep them out of the hands of victims.

by Pat Orsban on Politicians and the Gun Lobby Want You to Think Parkland Is About Something Other Than Guns. Don’t Let Them. (News)

Plenty of warning signs here. All ignored. No law would have stopped this. One law allowed the body count to …

by Pat Orsban on You’re Damn Right I’m Going to Politicize This Tragedy. You Should Too. (News)

This should read "prescribe" not "proscribe," which has the opposite meaning.

by Jeffrey Vanke on Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Will Lecture UNC Journalism Students (News)

"There are fifty-five hundred residential units in downtown, up eighteen hundred from just a couple of years ago, and with …

by JeffG on DRA Report: Downtown Raleigh Is Still Killing It (News)

What does this clown know about journalism?

by John Sagar on Fox News Host Tucker Carlson Will Lecture UNC Journalism Students (News)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation