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Raleigh Mayoral Candidates Wind Up Campaigning, Count War Chests

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With the Raleigh mayoral and city council elections less than a week away, the candidates' money is on the table—at least all the coin we'll see until well after the October 10 election is over.

But the campaigning isn’t over.

Both major candidates will be out on the scene this weekend, with incumbent Mayor Nancy McFarlane making a stop from eleven a.m. until noon Saturday at Read With Me, a children’s bookstore and art shop at 111 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh.

“This month we get to hear the true story of how our Mayor Nancy McFarlane traveled to the home of His Holiness The Dalai Lama!” a Facebook page for the event says.

McFarlane will also appear at a twelve-thirty p.m. Saturday celebration of John Chavis Memorial Park, at 505 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. She’ll be out canvassing in the neighborhoods Sunday and Monday, her campaign said.

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Charles Francis, a Raleigh lawyer who is challenging McFarlane with the endorsement of the Wake County Democratic County, will speak at a five p.m. rally at Southeast Raleigh High School, where U.S. senator and possible presidential candidate Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, will also be on the program.

Former Democratic National Committee member Dr. Everett Ward and Wake County Democratic Party Chair Rebecca Llewellyn are also part of the event at the school, at 2600 Rock Quarry Road.

According to documents filed with the Wake County Board of Elections on Monday, incumbent McFarlane lags Francis both in total receipts and in cash on hand. Republican mayoral candidate Paul Fitts ranks a distant third.

Including the $50,000 McFarlane lent her campaign in September, her total receipts are $202,128.46, and cash on hand is $33,644.34, her campaign disclosure says.

Francis has total receipts of $231,264.69 and has $67,805 cash on hand.

Pitts, an advocate of lower spending by government, is following that example in his own campaign. His total receipts are $2,975, and he has $2,095.91 available, a handy amount if he wants to get a jump on the 2019 mayoral field. 


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