Voters pick mayors, decide bonds


An $810 million bond referendum for school construction easily passed. It will pay for 16 new schools and fund major renovations at six current facilities.

While the bond had its opponents, the school district promised to spend the money wisely.

"We will be good stewards of the taxpayer money. We heard the concerns from the critics and opponents of the bond, we heard you, we're listening to you," said Wake County School Board Chairman Keith Sutton after the vote.

A $75 million transportation bond was also passed by Raleigh voters.

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Voters in Raleigh also reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane to a second term Tuesday. Unofficial results show she easily overcame challenges from Venita Peyton and Robert Weltzin.

"I'm just looking forward so much to the next two years. Raleigh is in a great position to move forward. We've always been on the top of all those lists, but now we really feel like we're poised for greatness.  We've got so many new companies coming to town. We've got a new manager. We've just got a great enthusiasm and buzz about us now," said McFarlane.

Wake County voters got the chance Tuesday to decide who makes up the often controversial Wake County school board. Unofficial results showed Democrats solidifying their majority.

Tom Benton - a Democrat who took the spot of former District 1 Republican Chris Malone when he left to take a state House slot - beat out challenger Don Mcintyre to keep the job Tuesday.

Perhaps the biggest shake up was in Deborah Prickett's District 7 against retired Wake County educator Zora Felton. Prickett was the only Republican incumbent left from her party's 2009 swept of the non-partisan board. She lost Tuesday.

In District 2, Monika Johnson-Hostler, an executive director and PTA volunteer, beat Matt Scruggs - who works in the automotive industry.

In District 9, Bill Fletcher - the interim Republican replacement for former board member Republican Debra Goldman - beat businesswoman Nancy Caggia by a small percentage.


In Durham, Mayor Bill Bell was seeking a seventh term against two other candidates -- Sylvester Williams and Michael Paul Valentine. Valentine was eliminated Tuesday night, while the other two advance to the Nov. 5 general election.


In Cary, residents voted to fill three open town council seats. In the Council At Large seat, Ed Yerha faced no challengers, but Jennifer Robinson beat Karl Thor in District A, and Jack W. Smith beat Deborah Pugh in District C.


And in Fayetteville, voters were choosing a new mayor among five candidates -- Val Applewhite, Kirk deViere, Nat Robertson, Paul Williams, and Charles Ragan.

Applewhite and Robertson got the most votes and will advance to November.

Current Mayor Tony Chavonne decided not to seek a fifth term.

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