McFarlane takes over as Raleigh mayor

Nancy McFarlane
December 6, 2011 4:02:51 AM PST
Nancy McFarlane is Raleigh's first new mayor in a decade.

She was sworn-in to office at a ceremony at the Raleigh Convention Center Monday night. She's Raleigh's second female mayor.

McFarlane enjoyed a little pomp and circumstance to welcome her in. The night kicked off with bagpipes and drums for the 200 plus packed into the seats.

After colors from the City of Raleigh Fire Department Honor Guard and prayer, outgoing mayor Charles Meeker spent his final minutes if office before handing the baton over to new leadership.

Eight city council members took their vows before it was McFarlane's turn. Afterward, McFarlane thanked her family and supporters.

"I look around this room and I see why Raleigh works, why we are the great city that we are. It's all of you," said McFarlane.

The ceremony was brief and afterward former Mayor Meeker was gracious.

"Nancy is going to do a great job," said Meeker. "But I've enjoyed being mayor for ten years. So, it is a transition for me."

McFarlane says she's getting used to her new title but that's nothing compared to the work she and others would like to see get done in Raleigh, like boosting small businesses.

"I started a business here," said McFarlane. "So, I really understand some of the hurdles and anything we can do to help that entrepreneurship, I think is going to be incredibly important."

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