by Bob Geary
The Sierra Club's endorsements are out in the Raleigh and Cary elections.
In Raleigh, no surprise that the environmental group is backing Charles Meeker for mayor, Thomas Crowder in District D and Rodger Koopman in District B -- all incumbents. (It also endorsed Nancy McFarlane, an incumbent, who is running unopposed in District A.)
In the at-large Council race in Raleigh, where the top two finishers will win seats, the SC's Capital Group -- 3,000 members strong -- endorsed only incumbent Russ Stephenson. In other words, the enviros kept their second vote in their pockets rather than endorse the other incumbent, Mary-Ann Baldwin, or one of the two challengers, either Lee Sartain or Champ Claris.
(Voters in the at-large race can cast one vote or two votes -- their choice. Or no vote.)
In the District C race, the Club endorsed nobody -- not incumbent James West, not challenger Charles Reisinger.
In Cary, Julie Robison, running at-large, and Jack Smith, running in District C, won the group's backing -- they're both incumbents. In District A, it was another no-endorsement call: Neither Jennifer Robinson, the incumbent, nor any of her trio of challengers (Lori Bush, Cynthia Sinkez, Terry Thorne) earned its favor.