City Council Edorsements

OUR NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING WILL BE SEPTEMBER 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Teamster Hall
RPPA board members spent much of the summer screening and
interviewing candidates for the Raleigh mayoral race and city council.
Elections for Raleigh mayor and city council on October 6, 2015.  A
runoff, if necessary, will take place on November 3, 2015.
With so many issues facing law enforcement at the city level
including the need for pay increases, enhanced benefits, and more cops
on the street the RPPA leadership team conducted lengthy
interviews with candidates to gauge their level of support for the police
profession.
RPPA President Matt Cooper said the screenings not only allowed
police to learn about candidates’ positions, but it was an educational
experience for many of the office seekers.
“So many politicians like to say they support police, but so many have
no idea of what we are facing while on patrol, what we earn for a living,
how many of us have to work 2-3 jobs to make ends meet,” said Cooper.
“The screenings allowed RPPA to educate many of the candidates on
the issues facing Raleigh police officers and anytime you’re educating
politicians on police work and pay that’s a good thing.”
Cooper said he appreciated all the candidates who sat for interviews and
for seeking RPPA’s endorsement. A final slate of candidates were
chosen based on the candidates’ level of support for increasing Raleigh
police pay to a comparable level of police pay and benefits in cities the
size of Raleigh.
The endorsements are as follows:
Mayor: Nancy McFarlane
At Large: MaryAnn Baldwin and Russ Stephenson
District A:  JB Buxton
District B:  John Odom
District C: Eugene Weeks
District D: Aston Smith
The election will be October 6, 2015
OUR NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING WILL BE SEPTEMBER 29, 7:30 p.m. at the Teamster Hall

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