With more than 150 schools already in the system, and plans to add 13 new facilities over the next five years, we decided to dig into one crucial but often overlooked issue: what were the names of these assorted schools' mascots, and who got to decide?
Nancy McFarlane was first elected Mayor in 2011, after serving two terms on the City Council. She is the founder MedPro Rx, Inc., a specialty infusion pharmacy. MedPro Rx consistently ranks as one of the best places to work in the Triangle and recently ranked as the number one small business in the Triangle, and number two in the South. She is currently in her second term as mayor and is seeking re-election.
Dr. Robert Weltzin is a trained chiropractor who sold his practice in 2006 to join the army reserve. He was deployed to Afghanistan as a company commander, and served as executive officer of a battalion. He is now a team leader with a Civil Affairs Company and a Captain in the Military Police. He is running as the mayoral challenger.
Mary Ann Baldwin is the president of Baldwin Communications and is the vice president of marketing and business development at Holt Brothers Construction. She is currently in her third term as an At-Large representative on City Council, where she also serves as the chair of the Law & Public Safety Committee. She is running as an incumbent for an at-large seat.
Craig Ralph is currently the vice president at Ralph Urban Development. He has also worked with a number of civic organizations, including the Raleigh Transit Authority, where he spent three years as the Route Committee Chair, and the Telecommunications Authority, which included a term as chair. He is running as a challenger for an at-large council seat.
Russ Stephenson is an architect and urban planner who served on the Raleigh's Planning Commission before joining City Council in 2005. In addition to his work on the planning commission and in city council, Stephenson has also served as a member of the Hillsborough Street Visioning Process and has led walking tours of historic downtown Raleigh. He is running for re-election for an at-large seat.
J.B. Buxton is the founding principal of the Education Innovations Group, a consulting practice focused on state education strategies for PreK-12 and postsecondary public education. He has served on the Raleigh Planning Commission since 2011 and was a senior education adviser in the governor's office from 2001-2006. He is currently running as a challenger in District A.
Dickie Thompson and his brothers John and Marty are the third-generation in the family-run JM Thompson construction company. He served on the Raleigh Planning Commission for seven years, and spent three of those years as its chair, and is currently chairman of the RDU Airport Authority Board. He is running as a challenger in District A.