2015 Voter Election Guide

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Raleigh’s municipal election is coming up October 6, although early voting kicked off on September 24. The election is October 6, and don’t forget to stop by our party and watch the results live, starting at 7 p.m. at the Morning Times at 10 E. Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh!

If you look over at the sidebar, (or at the bottom of the page, if you’re on mobile) we’ve got interviews with all 18 of the candidates running in what’s shaping up to be the most hotly contested race for mayor and city council in years. We asked them each a standard set of six questions. Spoiler alert: there is an almost-unanimous agreement that the acquisition of Dix Park is City Council’s greatest achievement of the past two years.

We’re also running several election-themed stories here that should help provide further insight into some of the issues facing the city today, as well was ones that provide insight into what the city council has been up to over the past two years since the last election.

Find out where to vote.
View your sample ballot.
More information on Early Voting.

Did we miss anything? Readers and candidates can hit the contact link to help us fill in the few remaining pieces of missing information.



Fayetteville Street from the bazaarSPARK.

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Fayetteville Street from the bazaarSPARK.

Taverns Triumph Over Tenants in Campaign Donations

An analysis of 2015 campaign finance records for Raleigh’s council and mayoral races found that bar owners have contributed nearly twice as much as those who would like to see further restrictions placed on downtown nightlife.

FullSizeRender (96)Public Policy Polling CEO Comes Out Against “DrunkTown”

A full-page ad taken out in the September 30 edition of the News & Observer claiming downtown Raleigh was in danger of becoming “DrunkTown” was met with intense ridicule as it spread across social media throughout the day.


Dissent Rare Among Council Votes, Analysis Shows

Of the 1,047 times a vote has come before city council since January 2014, there were only 95 instances in which the vote was not unanimous.

Councilor Maiorano recused himself from a total of 37 cases, Gaylord 9, Baldwin, 5 and Stephenson 1.

Councilors Recused From Less Than 10% of Votes

Sitting councilors recused themselves due to conflict of interest less than 10 percent of the time since January 2014, an analysis of meeting minute archives shows.


Council Campaign Finance Breakdown

Record reporter Chris Tepedino dove into the campaign finance reports of all sitting councilors to see where the bulk of their donations were coming from, and he found a few surprises.


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#Election2015: Raleigh Candidates’ Twitter Presence

With the election just a few weeks away, we decided to take a look at the Twitter presence of Raleigh’s candidates for mayor and city council.



Council Chambers were packed to full capacity Tuesday night

Citywide Remapping Provokes Strong Reaction from Citizens

A rezoning case currently before city council would remap 30 percent of the city, and it has become a flashpoint in the debate over the best ways in which to manage Raleigh’s growth.


The controversial site of a new development off Falls of Neuse

Neighbors, Developers Face Challenges in Rapidly Growing City

The Record takes a look into the challenges facing both neighbors and developers as the city continues to grow and expand.


Signs protesting the new development can be seen right across the street from the potential site

Neighbors Defeat Developers in Falls Rezoning Case

A controversial rezoning case in Northeast Raleigh that could have seen a shopping center developed on Falls of Neuse Road was denied earlier this year by City Council.


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