City Council Biographies

Raleigh City Council

Last updated Jun. 01, 2016 - 11:58 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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Dickie Thompson, District A

Dickie Thompson

Elected to City Council: 2015

Council member Thompson is a lifelong resident of Raleigh and whose family has a long history in Raleigh dating back over 100 years.

Professionally, he has worked for over 38 years in his family's general contracting company, J.M. Thompson Co. which constructs commercial building projects in Raleigh and throughout the state of North Carolina.

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David Cox, District B

David Cox

Elected to City Council: 2015

David Cox was elected in October 2015 to his first term on the Raleigh City Council. He represents the citizens of District B, which covers the northeast section of Raleigh. Mr. Cox enjoys walking, bicycling, and hiking in Raleigh's parks and greenway system. Mr. Cox holds a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in computer science from North Carolina State University.

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Corey Branch, District C

Corey Branch

Elected to City Council: 2015

Corey Branch, a lifelong resident of District C, was elected in October 2015 to his first term on the Raleigh City Council.

Mr. Branch, a graduate of William G. Enloe Magnet High School, earned his electrical engineering degree from North Carolina A&T State University. He is employed with AT&T as a senior technical director.

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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

Council Member 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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