During a routine election for Raleigh City Council, a handful of candidates step forward every two years to run for each of the eight seats. However it’s apparently a much more attractive proposition when you don’t have to run or campaign, but merely raise your hand to be appointed to fill a vacancy. That’s the situation now that Saige Martin has resigned in disgrace as the District D representative. More than thirty candidates have expressed interest to date.

It’s critical to understand what’s involved in serving on Council. To get an idea of some of the issues the successful applicant will face, District B Council member David Cox has posed a set of questions to prospective candidates.

The breadth of issues and the depth of understanding required leads Livable Raleigh to advocate for former District D representative Kay Crowder to be appointed. Ms. Crowder has already agreed that, if appointed, she would not run for the seat in 2021, meaning she will be able to devote her energies to serving rather than running for re-election. Ms. Crowder’s previous experience on Council means she can step in on day one to serve the constituents of District D. Those constituents have elected her twice before to the seat, and she came in a close second in the last election.

If you agree that Kay should be appointed to the District D vacancy, please sign the petition at https://www.change.org/p/raleigh-city-council-kay-crowder-for-district-d

The following are David Cox’s questions for all who have applied for consideration to fill the vacancy on Raleigh City Council in District D.

  • Is gentrification good or bad for Raleigh? Why or why not?
  • What should be the City’s policy regarding how to spend the proposed affordable housing bond?
  • Should City Council have held public meetings and invited public discussion before taking any action on Citizens Advisory Councils?
  • Should Raleigh’s Police Advisory Board have subpoena power? Why or why not? If so, how should subpoena power be implemented?
  • Would you vote in favor of a City council resolution opposing the Wake Stone quarry? Why or why not?
  • Do you support Neighborhood Overlay Conservation Districts? Why or why not?
  • Should backyard cottages be used as AirBnB-style short term rentals? If so, will this help or hurt the availability of affordable housing?
  • What does “defund the police” mean to you? Do you support defunding the police based on your definition?
  • Under what circumstances would you vote against a rezoning to increase density?
  • Do you support ending single family zoning districts? Why or why not?
  • Would you support taking legal action against the Wake Stone quarry?
  • Do you support Historic Overlay Districts? Why or Why not?
  • Have you attended CAC meetings? If so, what was your experience?
  • Should public tax dollars be used to finance sports arenas? Why or why not?
  • Should Raleigh’s Police Advisory Board have disciplinary power? Why or why not? If so, how should disciplinary power be implemented?
  • Would you vote to reinstate Citizens Advisory Councils?
  • Should Raleigh eliminate at-large Council members and go to all District Council members? Why or why not?
  • What does “protecting a neighborhood” mean to you?
  • Should Raleigh increase the number of people on City Council as a way to increase and diversify representation? Why or why not?
  • Should Raleigh City Council go to four year terms? Why or why not?
  • What is your definition of democracy?