Standing Up for Strong Neighborhoods AND Quality Growth

I have always stood up for neighborhoods and opposed developments that hurt our quality of life - like clearcut infill, over-scaled buildings and a giant quarry next to Umstead Park. Among leading At-Large Council candidates, I am the only one…

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Stopping the Quarry: The First Step

Last Tuesday, Raleigh City Council took the first step in protecting Umstead Park by voting 7–0 to oppose the RDU quarry. This vote is an enormous victory for Raleigh and Umstead Park. But it’s just the first step.In March, three other council members joined me in proposing that Raleigh ask the Airport Authority to pause the quarry deal. Unfortunately, that March 5 Council vote failed 4-to–4.Last week, under intense public pressure, three Councilors dropped the pretense that “there is nothing we can do,” and agreed to take a stand against the Airport Authority.

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Stopping the Quarry: The First Step
Let's make sure our forest doesn't turn into this.

2019 Fall Re-Election Fundraiser

Get Tickets Now! Dear Friends,  My name is Matthew Brown. On September 12, I will have the honor of hosting a fundraiser for Russ Stephenson, who is running for reelection to Raleigh City Council, at large. Russ is among the…

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Why is the Quarry Lease Such a Big Deal?

THE RDU QUARRY LEASE - WHY IS THIS SUCH A BIG DEAL? Russ Stephenson Below are comments about why this issue has become such a big deal. My full statement opposing the RDU quarry lease is here: https://www.russforraleigh.com/why_i_oppose_the_rdu_quarry DOES THE CITY…

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Why I Oppose the RDU Quarry

Here’s Why I Oppose the Quarry Deal I am one of the four Raleigh Councilors who voted to pause the quarry deal on March 5th. I also spoke at the Umstead Rally on July 27th against the deal struck by…

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Governing To Serve All Citizens

The NC Legislature just released new maps on how they envision re-drawing districts in the state. Below are the comments I submitted on the proposed 2017 Redistricting Plans: Good afternoon my name is Russ Stephenson. I have been a Raleigh…

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More Affordable Housing for Raleigh

In the current economic recovery, incomes for many US citizens have not kept pace with the rising cost of living and the gap is getting wider. In growing urban areas like Raleigh1 and across the country, the gap between stagnant…

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Building Visionary Stewardship

Yesterday's front-page story in the News & Observer chronicles the next step in re-envisioning one of downtown Raleigh's most polluted streams.  What has been a neglected channel suitable only for flushing downtown's stormwater waste will become a valuable linear park. …

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Moving Forward for Citizen Empowerment

  Full house in support of Citizen Advisory Councils at the June 6th City Council meeting. It was wonderful to see so many thoughtful and dedicated folks attend last night's City Council meeting to talk about citizen engagement and the…

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Listening to Citizen Voices

Thanks to the N&O for taking on the difficult task of finding common ground in today’s polarized debates. (May 16, ‘N&O forum will focus on talking across the political divide’) While Raleigh has been the calm eye at the center…

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