Tuesday is election day in Raleigh, and with hours to go in Raleigh City Council campaigns, here's what's happening as the races near the finish line.
Firefighters' group snubs Stephenson: The Raleigh Professional Firefighters Association touted their endorsements for Raleigh City Council over the weekend. The group of current and retired firefighters endorsed Mayor Nancy McFarlane and all but one of the council incumbents. At-large Councilman Russ Stephenson didn't get a nod from the group, which declined to endorse a second candidate in the at-large race. Association President Keith Wilder did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Pearce backs Stagner: Gary Pearce, a longtime North Carolina political consultant and former aide to Gov. Jim Hunt, voiced his support for District A Raleigh council incumbent Randy Stagner in a blog post Monday morning. Pearce said he was initially critical of Stagner after hearing about his exchange over parking spaces with City Manager Russell Allen. But he changed his mind after hearing from fellow Democrats. "Stagner is impressive," Pearce wrote. "A 28-year veteran of Army Special Operations, he struck me as tough, fearless and independent." Read the rest of the post here: bit.ly/1fUYg5x.
Challengers split on new city manager: Several challengers in Raleigh City Council races have blasted their incumbent opponents for firing longtime City Manager Russell Allen without explanation. But they disagree on Allen's replacement: Ruffin Hall, who was named the new city manager last week. District A challenger Wayne Maiorano met Hall on Friday and issued a statement about the hire: “While I remain critical of the motives behind the firing of our former city manager, I congratulate the mayor and city council for a great result in hiring Mr. Hall." Mayoral candidate Venita Peyton, however, wasn't impressed, arguing on her blog that Hall's "resume is thinner than the interim manager and decades thinner than former City Manager Russell Allen."
Mysterious signs appear: Someone put up yard signs throughout Raleigh that feature what appear to be messages from Chinese restaurant fortune cookies. The signs appeared next to council campaign signs over the weekend at intersections throughout the city. No one seems to know who's behind them.