Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker opened Tuesday's City Council meeting by wishing a speedy recovery to former Mayor Tom Fetzer, who is battling cancer.
"Tom is a good friend of people throughout this community," Meeker said. "We all wish him well."
Fetzer, who will turn 56 this month, was Raleigh's mayor from 1993 to 1999. In January, he stepped down as chairman of the N.C. Republican Party and formed his lobbying and political consulting firm.
As Alan Wolf reported in Saturday's N&O, Fetzer began feeling sick and run down about six weeks ago. After a CT scan found a mass in his abdomen, he was diagnosed two weeks ago with a form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
He recently began chemotherapy treatments at Rex Cancer Center.
"My doctors have given me great confidence I will be able to overcome this," Fetzer said in our story. "They tell me this form of cancer responds well to chemotherapy."
Meeker and Fetzer certainly have a long history in city politics. Fetzer was aligned with fellow conservative Paul Coble, and the duo exerted considerable influence during the 1990s-- a time during which Meeker was on the opposite side of many major policy decisions. In 2001, Meeker defeated Coble to become mayor.
On Tuesday, Meeker put aside political differences and wished his predecessor well.