More candidates file for local races

ccampbell@newsobserver.comJuly 15, 2013 

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, left, was joined by supporters as she walked to the Wake County Board of Elections office Wednesday morning to file for reelection.

COLIN CAMPBELL — ccampbell@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane filed to run for a second term last week, and a new challenger emerged for the city council’s at-large contest.

Jason Spriggs, a Republican who owns a photography business, will face incumbents Russ Stephenson and Mary-Ann Baldwin for the Raleigh council’s two at-large seats.

Both Spriggs and McFarlane filled out paperwork at the Wake County Board of Elections office downtown during the first full week of campaign filings.

In a news release, McFarlane’s campaign noted the city’s accolades and national rankings since she succeeded former Mayor Charles Meeker in 2011. “I’m honored to be your mayor, and very proud of all we’ve accomplished in the past two years,” McFarlane said in the news release. “This city has come a long way, and I’m excited to continue the work to keep Raleigh moving forward.”

All other Raleigh City Council incumbents plan to seek re-election as well. Newcomers Sam Smith and Brian Fitzsimmons filed last week along with incumbent John Odom in the District B race.

In Wake County school board contests, Monika Johnson-Hostler filed last week for John Tedesco’s District 2 seat. She is director of the N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault and president of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

“As a parent and the wife of a teacher, I will advocate to make sure all children have access to a quality education, teachers receive the support they need, and to give the parents in District 2 a voice on the school board,” she wrote in a news release.

Ballots are also taking shape in northern Wake towns. Here’s who filed last week:

Rolesville: Incumbents Frank Hodge II and Ronnie Currin for Board of Commissioners.

Wake Forest: Incumbent Margaret Jones Stinnett and newcomer Shinica N. Thomas for commissioner.

Campbell: 919-829-4802

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