Robertson loses bid for 3rd term as Fayetteville mayor

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Mitch Colvin wins upset bid for Fayetteville mayor
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Mitch Colvin unseated incumbent Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson.

FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (WTVD) -- City Councilman Mitch Colvin has defeated incumbent Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson - who was seeking a third term in office.


Unofficial results show Colvin ahead by 59 to 41 percent.

Robertson's online campaign ads tout "a beautiful new baseball stadium," as evidence of his achievements. The mayor helped shepherd the $33 million downtown park for a minor league affiliate of the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros through the city's approval process.

But Colvin pledged to do more for the city's underserved neighborhoods.

"To be competitive in this environment, you've got to make your city livable," Colvin told ABC11.

After his victory, Colvin said he hoped his approach would bring more inclusiveness to the city.

"It's not about me, because the mayor, single-handedly, can do nothing," Colvin said. "My whole platform was about working with others."