McFarlane wins 3rd term as Raleigh mayor

Former mayor Charles Meeker watches election results with Nancy McFarlane.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – WNCN has projected Nancy McFarlane has won her third term as Raleigh’s mayor, according to unofficial and incomplete results from Tuesday’s elections.

Two-term incumbent McFarlane faced off against Dr. Bob Weltzin, a Raleigh chiropractor.

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Weltzin officially conceded the race to McFarlane around 8:15 p.m.

“t really is a group effort.  I can’t thank everyone enough,” said McFarlane, who nearly tripled the vote total of her challenger, Weltzin.

Just after 10:15 p.m., McFarlane had 26,128 votes against 8,735 for Weltzin with 105 of 109 precincts reporting.

“The numbers weren’t there tonight but it was just a wonderful experience,” Weltzin said.

Weltzin said he doesn’t know if he will run for mayor again.

McFarlane has lived in Raleigh since the mid-80s and was first elected mayor of Raleigh in 2011.

Weltzin has served as a chiropractor for 18 years and is a former police officer. He joined the Army Reserves in 2006 and went through basic training at the age of 38.

He moved to Raleigh five years ago from Iowa.

Bonner Gaylord was reelected to represent district E on the Raleigh City Council, earning 56 percent of the vote.

For city council races, much of the focus had been on Raleigh’s new outdoor seating ordinance.

“I think it might have engaged people who weren’t engaged before,” McFarlane said.

We asked Councilmember Russ Stephenson, who won re-election, about it…

“Well, it’s hard to say really (what impact it had),”  Stephenson said. “To the extent that it got new voters registered, I think it’s a great thing.”

In District C, Corey Branch topped Incumbent Eugene Weeks.

“I was meeting people at polls.  They said, I saw you at church.  I saw you at church,” Weeks said.

And District A, it appears we will see a runoff.

Dickie Thompson was leading late on Tuesday.

“I’m letting people tell me because I can’t stand to look at the screen.  It’s too nerve wracking,” Thompson said.

The runoff has already been requested by second place vote getter, who is Eddie Woodhouse, who trails by 57 votes.

In one other council race, as of late Tuesday…David Cox has the lead over incumbent John Odom by 22 votes — with all but one percent reporting.

Overall, a little more than 10 percent of registered voters in Wake County cast their ballots.

 

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