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Last updated Dec. 05, 2017 - 4:57 pm

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

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Nancy McFarlane, Mayor

Mayor McFarlane

Elected Mayor: 2011

Elected to City Council: 2007

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane was first elected to Raleigh City Council in 2007 and served two terms before being elected Mayor in 2011 – she is currently serving her third term as mayor. She is only the second woman to serve as Mayor of Raleigh in the city’s history.

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Russ Stephenson, At Large

Russ Stephenson

Elected to City Council: 2007

Council Member 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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Nicole Steward, At Large

Mary-Ann Baldwin

Elected to City Council: 2017

Nicole Stewart was elected as an at-large member of the Raleigh City Council in 2017.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in environmental studies, Nicole went to work as an organizer and is now the Development Director for the North Carolina Conservation Network.

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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.

After being educated in the Wake County Public School system, Dickie attended NC State University where he received a BS degree in civil engineering.

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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. As Council Member, David serves as Council’s liaison to three city boards: the Environmental Advisory Board, the Human Relations Commission, and the Stormwater Management Advisory Commission.

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Corey Branch, District C

Corey Branch

Elected to City Council: 2015

As a native of Raleigh, Corey has served the city of his birth in numerous ways since graduating and returning home from North Carolina A&T State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. While working at AT&T as a Senior Technical Director, Corey speaks out on behalf of the citizens of District C.

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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.

Ms. Crowder enjoys the friendly and diverse neighborhood in which she has called home for more than 30 years. Her professional experiences includes sales, marketing, management, and finance.

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Stef Mendell, District E

Stef Mendell

Elected to City Council: 2017

Stef Mendell was elected to represent District E in 2017. She ran on a platform promoting neighborhood vitality and citizen engagement. Stef welcomes progress, innovation, and growth, but believes that healthy growth results only after good-faith consideration of all points of view.

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