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Raleigh is a city in Wake County, North Carolina. The city's population was 474,069 as of 2019, according to the United States Census Bureau.
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- See also: Council-manager government
The city of Raleigh utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council—which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body—appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.
- See also: List of current mayors of the top 100 cities in the United States
The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national, and international levels.
The current Mayor of Raleigh is Mary-Ann Baldwin. Baldwin assumed office on December 2, 2019.
The city manager is the city's chief administrator. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget, and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.
- See also: List of current city council officials of the top 100 cities in the United States
The Raleigh City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes, and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.
The Raleigh City Council is made up of eight members, including the mayor. Five members are elected by the city's five districts, while two other members and the mayor are elected at large.
Other elected officials
Ballotpedia does not cover any additional city officials in Raleigh, North Carolina.
- See also: Party affiliation of the mayors of the 100 largest cities
Raleigh has a Democratic mayor. As of October 2021, 63 mayors in the largest 100 cities by population are affiliated with the Democratic Party, 26 are affiliated with the Republican Party, four are independents, six identify as nonpartisan or unaffiliated, and one mayor's affiliation is unknown. While most mayoral elections in the 100 largest cities are nonpartisan, most officeholders are affiliated with a political party. Click here for a list of the 100 largest cities' mayors and their partisan affiliations.
- See also: Mayoral election in Raleigh, North Carolina (2022) and City elections in Raleigh, North Carolina (2022)
The city of Raleigh, North Carolina, is holding general elections for mayor and city council on November 8, 2022. As of July 2021, the filing deadline for this election was unknown.
The offices were originally scheduled to be on the ballot in 2021. They were moved to 2022 due to redistricting delays.
- See also: City elections in Raleigh, North Carolina (2019)
- See also: Municipal elections in Raleigh, North Carolina (2017)
The city of Raleigh, North Carolina, held municipal elections for mayor and city council on October 10, 2017. A runoff took place on November 7, 2017, in those races where no candidate received a majority of the vote. The filing deadline for candidates who wished to run in this election was July 21, 2017. All seven council seats were up for election.
- See also: Raleigh, North Carolina municipal elections, 2015
The city of Raleigh, North Carolina, held elections for mayor and city council on October 6, 2015. A runoff took place on November 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates who wished to run in this election was July 17, 2015. All seven city council seats were up for election.
The table below shows demographic information about the city.
|Demographic data for Raleigh, North Carolina (2015)|
|Land area (square miles):||143||48,618|
|Race and ethnicity|
|Two or more:||2.3%||2.4%|
|High school graduation rate:||90.5%||85.8%|
|College graduation rate:||48.2%||28.4%|
|Median household income:||$55,398||$46,868|
|Persons below poverty level:||16%||20.5%|
|Source: U.S. Census Bureau, "American Community Survey" (5-year estimates 2010-2015)|
The city's budget process operates on a fiscal year cycle from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. The process begins with city departments submitting budget requests for the upcoming year to the Budget and Management Services Department for review. The department works with the city manager and city council to finalize recommendations into a budget proposal. The public is surveyed for input on funding priorities. The city manager provides the council with the proposed budget, and the council holds a public hearing on the proposal. The council is responsible for adopting the budget by July 1.
Revenue and expenditure by year
The total revenue and expenditure figures were pulled from the all funds revenue and expenditures tables in the city's fiscal year 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 adopted budget.
|City of Raleigh historical revenue and expenditures|
|Fiscal year||Budget type||Total revenue||Total expenditure|
Raleigh, North Carolina salaries and pensions over $95,000
Below is a map of the nationwide salaries and pensions in this city over $95,000. To search a different ZIP code, enter it in the search bar within the map.
Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
City Clerk's office
Raleigh Municipal Building
222 W. Hargett St., Ste. 207
Raleigh, NC 27601
Click here for city council contact information.
- See also: Wake County, North Carolina ballot measures
The city of Raleigh is in Wake County. A list of ballot measures in Wake County is available here.
2020: Events and activity following the death of George Floyd
- See also: Events following the death of George Floyd and responses in select cities from May 29-31, 2020
During the weekend of May 29-31, 2020, demonstrations and protests took place in cities nationwide, including Raleigh, following the death of George Floyd. Events in Raleigh, North Carolina began on Saturday, May 30, 2020. On May 31, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) deployed the North Carolina National Guard to the city. No curfews were issued over the weekend.
2015: Study on city's nondiscrimination laws
- See also: Employment nondiscrimination laws in North Carolina
In July 2015, the Movement Advancement Project described Raleigh, North Carolina, as a city or county that did not prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity via ordinances that apply to public and private employers. At that time, a total of 71 of America's largest 100 cities prohibited private employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, while 69 of those cities also prohibited discrimination based on gender identity. This did not include those jurisdictions that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for government employees.
Nondiscrimination laws can cover a variety of areas, including public employment, private employment, housing, and public accommodations. Such laws may be enacted at the state, county, or city level.
- ↑The mayor is included in this number as one of the city council members.
- ↑U.S. Census Bureau, "QuickFacts: Raleigh city, North Carolina; United States," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑ 3.03.13.23.3City of Raleigh, "City Council," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑ 4.04.1City of Raleigh Municipal Code, "City Charter," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑City of Raleigh, "City Manager," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑City of Raleigh Municipal Code, "City Charter: ARTICLE III. - APPOINTMENT AND REMOVAL OF OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES; INTEREST OF OFFICIALS IN CONTRACTS," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑Wake County, "Candidate Filing Information," accessed July 16, 2021
- ↑North Carolina Legislature, "Senate Bill 722," accessed July 7, 2021
- ↑Correspondence with Gary Sims of Wake County on November 17, 2014.
- ↑Wake County Board of Elections, "Future Election Dates," accessed September 19, 2014
- ↑Note: Percentages for race and ethnicity may add up to more than 100 percent because respondents may report more than one race and the Hispanic/Latino ethnicity may be selected in conjunction with any race. Read more about race and ethnicity in the census here.
- ↑City of Raleigh, "Budget Process," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑City of Raleigh, "Adopted Budget FY2022," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑City of Raleigh, "Annual Budget Documents," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑City of Raleigh, "Adopted Budget FY2021," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑City of Raleigh, "Adopted Budget FY2020," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑City of Raleigh, "Adopted Budget FY2019," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑City of Raleigh, "Adopted Budget FY2018," accessed September 14, 2021
- ↑WUNC, "Protesters Gather Across Triangle To Denouce George Floyd's Death," May 30, 2020
- ↑Indy Week, "Cooper Calls in National Guard After Riot in Downtown Raleigh," May 31, 2020
- ↑Movement Advancement Project, "Local Employment Non-Discrimination Ordinances," accessed July 7, 2015
2022 Raleigh mayoral election
The 2022 mayoral election in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, was originally scheduled to be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, but was delayed to November 8, 2022 by the passage of a law in June 2021.
Incumbent mayorMary-Ann Baldwin is seeking re-election to a second term in office.
Incumbent mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin was first elected in 2019, running on a platform of affordable housing. She managed to pass an $80 million bond to fund the construction of affordable housing via ballot initiative in November 2020, though a similar proposal to fund the construction of public parks was abandoned due to the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Baldwin is expected to face popular opposition from residents over perceptions of sacrificing affordable housing in favor of enriching property developers (Baldwin's husband is a developer), expecting police to handle minor problems encountered by downtown businesses, and has also faced criticism for her perceived mishandling of Black Lives Matterprotests in the summer of 2020.
- Zainab Baloch, community activist, candidate for the Raleigh city council in 2017, and candidate for mayor in 2019
- Kay Crowder, former city councilor
- Patrick Buffkin, city councilor (running for re-election)
- Jonathan Melton, city councilor
- Stef Mendell, former city councilor
- David Knight, city councilor (running for re-election)
- Russ Stephenson, former city councilor
- ^"Future Election Dates". Wake County Government.
- ^Burns, Matthew (25 June 2021). "Raleigh voters won't go to polls till next year after Cooper lets elections bill become law :". WRAL.com.
- ^Craver, Richard (25 June 2021). "Municipal elections delay bill becomes law without governor's signature". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved 27 June 2021.
- ^ abTauss, Leigh (December 22, 2020). "EXCLUSIVE: Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin Will Seek Second Term". INDY Week.
- ^ abPequeño, Leigh Tauss, Thomasi McDonald, Sarah Edwards, Eric Ginsburg, Sara (December 23, 2020). "21 Things We're Watching for 2021". INDY Week.
- ^Porter, Jane (January 4, 2021). "Raleigh Mayoral Race Draws First Challenger". INDY Week.
- ^ abcdefghijklmnoJohnson, Anna (December 23, 2020). "Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin to seek re-election. Who might challenge her?". www.newsobserver.com. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
- ^Johnson, Anna (May 1, 2019). "He'd hate to be Raleigh's next mayor, but he's running anyway. 5 candidates now in race". The News & Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
- ^"Wake County Board of Elections list of candidates"(PDF). Archived from the original(PDF) on July 5, 2019. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
- ^Johnson, Anna (April 22, 2019). "Former candidate, activist Zainab Baloch running to be Raleigh's next mayor". The News & Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina. Retrieved October 12, 2019.
- Official websites for mayoral candidates
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N.C. House approves change to Raleigh election date
RALEIGH, N.C. — Barely a day after the request came in, the state House voted late Wednesday to permanently move the capital's municipal elections to even-numbered years.
What You Need To Know
- At Raleigh officials' request, the state House voted to move the city's elections to November in even-numbered years
- The move is a response to delays in getting 2020 census data, which the city needs to redraw city council districts
- Other cities are making similar requests
The move is a response to delays in getting the census data used to redraw city council districts.
If the bill becomes law, it would move Raleigh's October 2021 municipal election to November of 2022, with elections coming every two years thereafter. This would mean Raleigh's current city council would remain in office for an additional 13 months.
The 2020 census data cities and the state use to draw legislative districts is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials currently expect it won't be available until Sept. 30. That's too late for Raleigh's election.
City Attorney Robin Tatum said the current council districts were drawn using 2010 census data. Given the city's growth, it is now almost certain they no longer meet the requirement that the population of all districts remain within 5%.
Election officials said about 60 municipalities that elect officials by district have elections scheduled for this fall. This includes some of North Carolina's largest cities, including Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro.
The provision to set a new election day in Raleigh is part of a larger bill that reschedules municipal elections for next year if they involve electing members by district. The main bill moves those elections to March.
Not every affected municipality is asking for a new timeline. Officials in Cary said they are redrawing their districts using a combination of 2019 census estimates and their own data on new homes and other indicators. They said unlike the state, they aren't required to use data from the decennial census. They plan to hold their elections this fall as planned.
Also Wednesday, the House approved identical legislation for a cluster of towns in Craven County: Havelock, Bridgeton, Cove City, Dover, River Bend and Trent Woods, along with the First Craven Sanitary District. Like the bill dealing with Raleigh, this was a modification to a Senate bill, so the legislation has to go back to that chamber.
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