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🗳️ Election Day results: Runoff election likely 

Raleighites decidedly re-elected three City Council members and two new ones. 

Three other races, including the mayoral contest, could head to a runoff on Nov. 5. 

The NC State Board of Elections published unofficial results at 10:24 p.m. Tuesday, with early voting, Election Day votes and absentee ballots received by Monday.

Here are those (unofficial) results.

These races could head to a runoff for not receiving the percentage of total votes needed to win

🗳️ Mayoral race (needed 50%+1 vote)
Mary-Ann Baldwin 38%
Charles Francis 31%

Second At-large councilor (needed 25%)
Jonathan Melton 23%
Russ Stephenson 19%
(Note: Nicole Stewart received enough votes for one of the two at-large councilor seats).

 District D (needed 50%+1 vote)
Saige Martin 47%
Kay Crowder 33%

What's next?

It’s likely a runoff will happen (read more coverage on INDY Week or News & Observer), but it’s unclear which races will be on the ballot.

The second-place candidate must call for a runoff election.
  • Mayoral second-place vote-getter Charles Francis has not yet announced if he would request a runoff, though INDY Week reports he said on Tuesday “tomorrow we’re going to put our running shoes on."
  • Anna Johnson of the News & Observer reported that though Russ Stephenson (an incumbent) had told some reporters Tuesday that “the campaign begins again tomorrow,” he told another news organization differently. His challenge for the at-large seat isn’t official. 
  • Kay Crowder (also a current councilor) is also reportedly still deciding if she’ll request a runoff for District D.
How a runoff election would work

If it happens, here's what to know.

☑️ You can vote in a runoff even if you didn’t vote in the Oct. 8 election. If you didn’t register in time for the Raleigh municipal election, you can register now or during early voting (assuming there is a runoff).

☑️ Early voting for the Nov. 5 runoff would be Oct. 16-Nov. 1. The same Raleigh sites for early voting for the Oct. 8 election would be used for the Nov. 5 runoff.

☑️ However, the candidates have until Oct. 17 to call for a runoff. 

Here’s who will be on the next Raleigh City Council

At-large candidate (1 of 2): Nicole Stewart (re-elected)
District A: Patrick Buffkin
District B: David Cox (re-elected)
District C: Corey Branch (re-elected)
District E: David Knight

Meanwhile, in Cary...

The News & Observer reports newly-elected Ya Liu, who won one of two contested races in the Town of Cary, is the first Asian American elected to the Town Council.

It's representative of many residents in Wake County: "More than 15% of Cary residents are of Asian descent, and Wake County has the largest Asian population in the state with 76,000 residents," the N&O writes.

Ya Liu won by a large margin, 57.5% to current councilor Ken George's 36.5%.

Cary voters also decided to re-elect mayor Harold Weinbrecht and approved the parks and transportation bonds. Town council members Lori Bush and Don Frantz were re-elected unopposed.

[See the BOE site here for all Wake Co. results (Raleigh & Cary)]
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HQ@Gateway and Transfer Work Hall open

📰 The news: Raleigh's co-working options increased with the opening of two new co-working spaces, HQ Raleigh's location at Gateway Plaza (pictured, from Saturday's Block Party) and Transfer Co.'s work hall. 

HQ@Gateway: This 25,000 square-foot location, which comes soon after the expansion at NC State's Centennial Campus, is an expansion that "feature(s) some of our largest offices, while providing close proximity to child care and dining." 

This is an eastern Raleigh location that will allow larger teams (of 30+ people, even) to move in or create space for growing start-ups.

Gateway Plaza's mix of new and previous tenants includes Union Special Bread, Mordecai Beverage Co., Craft Habit, "a new concept by BREW Coffee Bar," the Gateway Arts Project, Little Makers Academy (childcare), Carmen’s Fashion (a quinceanera shop), Azure Violins and Gateway Restaurant.

Transfer Co. Work Hall: You probably know Transfer Co. for its food hall, but with the newly opened ballroom as event space and the co-working space, Transfer Co. is transforming into a hub of multifaceted creativity. 

The co-working space, which includes different levels of membership, is designed to "encourage members and guests alike to share knowledge, maximize collaboration and spark innovation" within and outside of the food industry.

🖼️ The big picture: Co-working spaces have been on the rise for years, with a 296% increase in co-working space in Downtown Raleigh alone since 2016.

These openings also come after the news of Loading Dock's Prince Hall location, which has a goal of increasing equity within the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Raleigh. Prince Hall is a historic Black neighborhood, with a legacy that dates back to Reconstruction, an area that includes HBCU Shaw University.

These expansions for different entrepreneurs' needs, and in different geographic locations, could create options more reflective of Raleigh. 


Where are people moving to the North Carolina from? A recent post from Carolina Demography shares that 85% of people moving to N.C. are from the U.S. The state with the highest number of people moving to N.C.? Florida, followed by Virginia, South Carolina, New York and California. The top country people are moving to N.C. from is India. [Read more]

Bus services to Knightdale and Garner are expanding Monday. If you live in Knightdale or Garner, you'll have more hours you can use GoRaleigh transit to Raleigh. [Read more]

Top Chef alum Katsuji Tanabe plans to open a restaurant in City Market, and become a part of the community. "I didn't want to come to Raleigh and be like an outsider," he told WRAL Out & About. Expect wood-fired cooking and dishes that honor his Mexican and Japanese heritage. [Read more]

Say goodbye to an old oak in Nash Square. Martin Street will be closed Thursday as the 100+ years old tree comes down. 

The Triangle ranks second-highest hot real estate market according to a new study, WRAL TechWire reports. (via The Acorn newsletter)

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☑️ Save the date: Southeast Raleigh Engagement Strategies. In case you missed the first event, this is a grassroots organizing effort by Southeast Raleigh advocates. The second weekend-long event will be Friday night, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26. More info to come.

☑️ Are you a small biz owner or entrepreneur? An Impact Partner Grant might be for you. The program "provides grants to an Impact Partner to help strengthen, develop, implement, and scale new or existing programs and resources to assist entrepreneurs, small businesses, and the local workforce in Raleigh." More details here.

☑️ Weigh in on equitable development around BRT: There are three opportunities to give input on bus rapid transit plans this month. Saturday and Oct. 26, attend workshops around equity and growth. On Oct. 29, meet about the design phase of the New Bern BRT route. Full details. (via Inbound Raleigh).
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