Elections are next Tuesday for Raleigh citizens and as such your faithful NR contributors put forth their picks for city council and the board of education.
David Millsaps, Khaner Walker, Betsy Kane and Steven Waters talked it over, here are their nominations for 2009 municipal and board of education elections.
Charles Meeker: We all love Mayor Meeker. He’s a no nonsense, honest civil servant (traits all too rare these days). Facing no real opponent this year, we’re not sure why an endorsement is needed – however one was made whole-heartedly.
CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE #1
Russ Stephenson: To quote Betsy, “Russ has earned his reputation as the councilor most responsive to Raleigh citizens. He combines depth of understanding of Raleigh’s issues with a nearly pathological commitment to reaching out with courtesy to all groups.” Also quoting a semi-famous comic book character played by Hugh Jackman, “Nuff said.”
CITY COUNCIL AT LARGE #2
Lee Sartain: Sartain offers a youthful, extremely knowledgeable view on all that Raleigh can and should be. His ability to articulate both short and long-term issues facing Raleigh has been very impressive as are his steady stream of fresh ideas. He has a tough race however against incumbents Russ Stephenson and Mary-Ann Baldwin and challenger Champ Claris.
Dissenting pick-Steven Waters: Mary-Ann Baldwin
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT A
Nancy McFarlane: Facing no real opposition, a hands down, favorite pick.
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT B
Rodger Koopman: A pro-downtown, mass transit candidate, Koopman’s long-term views on urban planning and open spaces earned an easy pick.
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT C
James West: The current mayor pro-tempore, West is a community-driven voice for southeast Raleigh.
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT D
Thomas Crowder: While hotly contested by heavily-backed opponent Ted Van Dyk, Crowder is a man of the people and most of those in his district love him for it. Steven Waters: “Thomas spends an enormous amount of time moving throughout District D attending every little neighborhood meeting no one has ever heard of. He is a champion of increasing density but at a human-scale and in appropriate locations that protects the character of existing communities.”
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT E
Bonner Gaylord: The General Manager of North Hills, Bonner is a young candidate we hope will bring a new outlook to the city council.
Dissenting picks David Millsaps & Khaner Walker: Abstaining
WAKE CO. SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS
A recent article in the News & Observer put it succinctly:
“In the most significant Wake County school board contest since the 1970s, opponents of the board and administration say Tuesday’s voting offers a huge opportunity to tip over the sitting panel and its longstanding policies.
Supporters of the current board argue that discarding an approach that serves Wake County’s students well would be disastrous. They say the diversity policy has led to national recognition and has boosted economic growth.”
NR is pro socioeconomic diversity – in our view, the fundamental backbone to the growth Raleigh and surrounding communities enjoy.
District 1: Rita Rakestraw
District 2: Horace Tart
District 7: Karen Simon
District 9: Lois Nixon
Whatever your choice is for the 2009 elections, just vote. To find your polling place, visit: http://www.wakegov.com/elections/polling/default.htm or to vote early: http://www.wakegov.com/elections/earlyvoting/default.htm.
We hope to see you at the polls on Tuesday, October 6 and even better yet, the election night party at Busy Bee starting at 7:30 p.m.