It’s been a long time coming, but filing has ended for the Raleigh City Council 2022 municipal elections.
The elections should have been held last year but were postponed.
A delay in U.S. Census Bureau releasing redistricting data would have pushed the city’s election to the March 2022 primary, but the Raleigh City Council voted in closed session to ask the General Assembly to move its elections permanently to even-numbered years.
The council also asked that the type of election the city holds be changed from one with a run-off to one with a plurality, meaning the top vote-getters in each race will now be elected even if they did not get a majority.
All eight seats, including the mayor’s, will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. The Raleigh City Council is a nonpartisan board with members elected to two-year terms.
Filing ended at noon Friday, July 15.
Here are the candidates who have filed. Names are listed as how they will appear on the ballot.
If you’re a candidate who has a campaign website but do not see it listed next to your name, please email reporter Anna Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mayor is elected city-wide.
Mary-Ann Baldwin, incumbent, maryannforraleigh.com
Terrance (Truth) Ruth, truthforraleigh.com
The two at-large seats are elected city-wide. Incumbent Nicole Stewart announced she would not seek re-election.
James Bledsoe, electjamesbledsoe.com
Joshua Bradley, bradleyforraleighworkers.com
Ms. Stormie Denise Forte, stormie4raleigh.com *
Anne S. Franklin, annefranklinforraleigh.com
Jonathan Melton, incumbent, jonathanmelton.com
Portia W. Rochelle, rochelleforraleigh.com
*Forte, a current council member, was appointed to the council’s District D seat in 2020.
This seat is elected by people who live in District A, which makes up north Raleigh. Incumbent Patrick Buffkin announced he would not seek re-election.
Mary Black-Branch, mary4districta.com
Whitney Hill, whitneyforraleigh.org
Catherine (Cat) Lawson, catlawson.com
This seat is elected by people who live in District B, which makes up northeast Raleigh. Incumbent David Cox announced he would not seek re-election.
Zainab (ZB) Baloch, youngamericansprotest.org
Minu Lee, leeforraleigh.com
Calvin Persad withdrew his candidacy on July 12.
This seat is elected by people who live in District C, which makes up southeast Raleigh.
This seat is elected by people who live in District D, which makes up southwest Raleigh. Forte, the incumbent, is seeking an at-large seat instead of the District D seat she was appointed to in 2020..
Jane Harrison, janeforraleigh.com
Todd Kennedy, kennedyforraleigh.com
Jennifer Truman, jennifertruman.com
This seat is elected by people who live in District E, which makes up northwest Raleigh.