Here's who is running to be Raleigh's next mayor
Raleigh appears ready to have a competitive race for mayor this fall.
Driving the news: On Monday, Janet Cowell — the CEO of the Dix Park Conservancy as well as a former state treasurer and Raleigh City Council member — launched her campaign for mayor of the City of Oaks.
- Cowell enters the race with the endorsements of former mayors Charles Meeker and Nancy McFarlane and is already busy raising campaign funds.
Why it matters: The news may come as a blow to Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin's potential re-election campaign on the heels of her 2022 race, in which she ran just six points ahead of political newcomer Terrance Ruth, who received close to 41% of the vote.
- The race was also close despite Baldwin's massive fundraising advantage — she brought in well over $600,000 compared to Ruth's $30,000.
- Up against a well-established political figure like Cowell, Baldwin could be facing a tougher race for re-election this year.
- That same debate looks likely to continue into this year's election.
Who is running: Here is who has declared plans to run for mayor or is still considering a run.
- The filing deadline to run is July 19 and the election will be Nov. 5.
Incumbent Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin: Baldwin has not officially launched her re-election campaign — though she has held some fundraising dinners last year.
- She has previously said that she will decide in the spring though indicated she is likely going to run again.
Dix Park Conservancy CEO Janet Cowell: Cowell has helped run Dix Park's philanthropic and planning arm for the past three years.
- Prior to that she has worked in finance; served as N.C. State Treasurer from 2009 to 2016; was a state senator representing Wake County from 2005 to 2009; and a Raleigh City Council member from 2001 to 2004.
Mortgage broker Paul Fitts: Fitts, so far the lone Republican candidate in the nonpartisan race, told The News & Observer in December he would run.
Local activist Delmonte Crawford: Crawford has been campaigning for the position since last summer.
Student James Shaughnessy IV: Shaughnessy, a pre-law student at William Peace University, has also launched a campaign for mayor.
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