2013 Voter Guide

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Raleigh Public Record’s annual voter guide
profiling the candidates and analyzing the issues.

People voting at Stough Elementary School Nov. 6, 2012.

Karen Tam

People voting at Stough Elementary School Nov. 6, 2012.

Our reporters have spent months interviewing candidates and dissecting issues to bring you the most comprehensive guide to voting in Raleigh. We have analysis on the transportation and schools bonds, legislative changes to elections, and we profiled almost every candidate running for Raleigh City Council and the Wake County Board of Education.

Changes Coming to NC Voting Law, but Not This Year
By Laura Baverman

Two Bonds on the Ballot this Year
Raleigh’s 2013 Transportation Bond Explained
By Ariella Monti

Bond Pits New Schools Against Higher County Debt, Taxes
By Monica Chen

School Board Will Have New Districts for 2016
By Monica Chen

Letter from the Editor
By Charles Duncan

The Importance of Voting in Local Elections
By Brent Laurenz

Looking Back at McFarlane’s 2013 Campaign
By Ariella Monti

A Voting How-to
By Jackie Kantor

Raleigh Public Record staff spoke to almost every candidate running for Raleigh City Council and the Wake County Board of Education. We asked candidates the same set of questions, transcribed their answers and cut the transcriptions down to fit the space in this guide.

Every candidate received an equal opportunity to participate. During our conversations with candidates, each was given the same opportunity to provide thoughtful answers to issues facing the city and Wake County schools. No candidate received the questions ahead of time.

We hope these profiles provide you, the voter, with the information you need to make informed decisions this fall.

City Council

Raleigh Mayor
Nancy McFarlane
Venita Peyton
Robert Weltzin

Council At-Large (2 seats)
Mary-Ann Baldwin
Jason Spriggs
Russ Stephenson
Rob Williams

Council District A
Wayne Maiorano
Randy Stagner

Council District B
Brian Fitzsimmons
John Odom
Sam Smith

Council District C
Marcus Hill
Eugene Weeks
Raquel Williams

Council District D
Thomas Crowder
Jim Kemp Sherron

Council District E
Bonner Gaylord

Wake County Board of Education

Board of Education District 1
Tom Benton
Don McIntyre

Board of Education District 2
Monika Johnson-Hostler
Matt Scruggs

Board of Education District 7
Zora Felton
Deborah Prickett

Board of Education District 9
Nancy Caggia
Bill Fletcher

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