Meeker will not seek reelection

Former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker

April 26, 2011 11:18:31 AM PDT
Charles Meeker announced Tuesday that he will not seek a sixth term as Raleigh mayor.

He said that last year wasn't the right time to say no, but now he has accomplished much of what he felt needed to be done.

"Not just the public projects, in terms of Fayetteville Street and the convention center, but all the private investment, the RBC Plaza and the Progress Energy building, and all those small storefronts that have now been renovated. That brought new life to our center city, and it's a different place than it was 10 years ago," Meeker said.

Meeker added that he will stay active for the rest of his term, which ends in November.

"This being my 10th year of service as mayor, the question is not whether it's time to move on," Meeker said. "The question is whenis the right time to move on. Two years ago was not the right time. My plan is to practice law full time as a partner at the Parker Pope Law Firm. I will not be running for any other office."

Meeker was first elected mayor in 2001. His election to a fifth term in 2009 tied him with Avery Upchurch as Raleigh's longest-serving mayor. He also served on the Raleigh City Council in 1985-89 and 1991-95.

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