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WEB EXCLUSIVE The District D seat on Raleigh’s City Council has been open since June 26, when first-term Councilor Saige Martin resigned following a report detailing several alleged incidents of sexual misconduct against him.
Now, the council is tasked with selecting someone to replace Martin who will represent the district, which encompasses southwest Raleigh, including NC State University, and parts of downtown, for the next year and a half.
Starting July 1, District D residents interested in filling the vacancy, who are at least 21 years old and registered to vote in Wake County, have been submitting applications outlining their qualifications and interest in serving on the council. The city is collecting their resumes and publishing them on its website and applicants have until this Friday (July 9) at 4 p.m. to submit an application for consideration.
On Sunday (July 12) at 3 p.m., the council will select five applicants to participate in a virtual candidates forum. Members of the public may submit questions for the candidates to answer during the forum before 4 p.m. Friday.
A petition is circulating for Kay Crowder, who represented District D since 2014 before losing reelection to Martin last year, to fill the vacant seat. Crowder said she is interested in serving out the remainder of Martin’s term and her supporters argue the council is in need of a member with past experience in governing the city.
But it is unlikely the council will appoint Crowder. Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin and Councilors Jonathan Martin and Nicole Stewart said they would like to see more diversity on the council and that they want underrepresented voices to have a place at the table.
We have the legal duty to appoint the next District D council member. And I think we have a moral duty to identify voices that are lacking at the table and provide access. Please help us identify a diverse pool of qualified candidates. #ralpol https://t.co/y3eZ4G7G8G— Jonathan Melton (@melton4raleigh) July 1, 2020
I have always been focused on bringing under-represented and diverse voices to the decision-making table. I am committed to finding an individual to appoint who represents voices who have been missing. 2/3— Nicole Stewart (@Nicole4Raleigh) July 1, 2020
Council will likely appoint a candidate to represent District D next week. To apply as a candidate for District D online, click here. To submit a question for the candidate forum this Sunday, click here. To learn about the candidates who have applied so far, click here.
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