How the benefits of a healthy economy and a high quality of life are shared within the community is the measure of a great city. Beyond essential needs like food, shelter and basic health care, a great city creates opportunities for all who desire to work hard toward achieving the American Dream.

Affordable Housing: Actions or Words

Since January of 2018, I worked diligently to put an affordable housing bond referendum on the ballot. The short version? We, I and three other councilors, were blocked at every turn. That’s why there’s no affordable housing bond referendum on this year’s ballot. Vote for me, Russ Stephenson, if you’re ready for action and not merely words.

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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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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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Citizen Engagement

Yesterday, the Raleigh City Council was presented with the Citizen Engagement Task Force’s recommendations for re-shaping the process by which Raleigh handles community-city dialog. I’ve received a number of questions about my vote on the issue of creating a new…

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Ensuring Affordable Housing

I was pleased this week to answer the questions below for Congregations for Social Justice, an advocacy and education group made up from 40 communities of faith and nonprofits throughout Raleigh. 1 - What is your vision for mixed-income neighborhoods…

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