RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Voters in Raleigh and Durham will head to the polls Tuesday to choose a new mayor.
Both cities current mayors are facing new challengers.
In Raleigh, residents will choose between incumbent Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Bob Weltzin, a Raleigh chiropractor who it fairly new to politics.
“I think that Raleigh deserves visible, effective leadership,” Weltzin said.
McFarlane has been the mayor of Raleigh since 2011.
“I think I have the experience to keep us moving forward,” McFarlane said.
But both candidates have visions for the growing city.
It’s going to be all about transportation; having a robust usable transportation system,” McFarlane said.
Weltzin says we need to focus on the basics like roads and potholes.
In Durham, voters have four candidates to choose. Tuesday’s election is a primary, meaning voters will pick between the top candidates in November.
Candidates, including current Mayor Bill Bell, say decreasing crime and increasing affordable housing are important issues.
The other candidates running for Durham’s top spot include James Lyons, Tammy Lightfoot and John Everett.
If re-elected, Bell says this will be his last term.
Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Voters said there are some local issues there are concerned about.
“Smart growth, transit, and limiting the patio ordinances,” said Matthew Cash, voter.
For Kim Bartman, her concern is about schools.
“Schools are very important. I have two children and I want to do everything I can to make our public schools good for them,” Bartman said.