City Council Biographies

Raleigh City Council

Last updated Aug. 13, 2015 - 10:29 am

The City Council sets City policy, enacts laws and adopts the City budget each year.

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Nancy McFarlane, Mayor

Mayor-Elect McFarlane

Elected Mayor: 2011

Elected to City Council: 2007

A small business owner, PTA mom, neighborhood advocate and environmental steward, Mayor McFarlane has a track record of listening to the people of Raleigh and understanding how our city must constantly strive to continue to lead the nation as the best place to live and work in America.

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Russ Stephenson, At Large

Russ Stephenson

Elected to City Council: 2007

Councilmember Stephenson is the son of Col. F. G. Stephenson, United States Army (retired) and Phyllis Stephenson, mother of four and award-winning teacher in public schools of children with special needs.

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Mary-Ann Baldwin, At Large

Mary-Ann Baldwin

Elected to City Council: 2007

During Councilmember Baldwin's past four years on the Raleigh City Council, she has served on every committee - Comprehensive Planning, Public Works, Budget and Economic Development and has recently chaired the Law and Public Safety.

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Wayne Maiorano, District A

Wayne Maiorano

Elected to City Council: 2013

Councilmember Maiorano has lived in Raleigh for 20 years and is proud to call Raleigh home.

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John Odom, Mayor Pro Tem, District B

John Odom

Elected to City Council: 1993

In 1993, Councilmember Odom was first elected to the Raleigh City Council in District B, which covers the northeastern part of the city.

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Eugene Weeks, District C

Eugene Weeks

City Council: 2010 (filled seat of Councilmember James West)

For the last 38 years, Councilmember Weeks has been a grassroots leader fighting for public safety, jobs, youth initiatives, safe neighborhoods, economic recovery, and the overall improvement of the quality of life in southeast Raleigh.

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Kay Crowder, District D

Kay Crowder

Appointed to City Council: 2014

Council Member Crowder was born in District D, and has spent all of her life living in Raleigh’s District D.

Since her appointment in 2014 to the Raleigh City Council, she has served as a member of the Comprehensive Planning Committee and the Budget and Economic Development Committee.

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Bonner Gaylord, District E

Bonner Gaylord

Elected to City Council: 2009

Councilmember Gaylord was born and raised in Raleigh. He is a proud graduate of Aldert Root and Hunter Elementary Schools, Ligon Middle School, Broughton High School and UNC-Chapel Hill.

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