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News - Russ Stephenson for Raleigh

Election Wrap Up

I want to congratulate all of the winners in this Council election, especially Johnathan Melton. Governing is about a little bit of conflict and a lot of compromise. The new council will soon move from campaigning to the hard work of balancing budgets and competing interests. I hope they all commit to finding common ground.

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Today is Election Day

If you’ve not already voted, I urge you to vote tomorrow, October 8. Raleigh is at an extraordinary crossroads. Tomorrow’s Raleigh city council vote will determine the decisions we make on several challenges we face together. I have the strongest record of sustainable growth decisions that have been good for our economy, good for our environment, and vital for our quality of life. I’m humbly asking for the opportunity to continue working to make sure Raleigh remains a great home for all our citizens.

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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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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.

Stop the RDU Quarry and Protect Umstead State Park

The RDU Airport Authority plan is a bad deal for Raleigh’s citizens—both today’s and tomorrow’s. The Airport Authority will effectively destroy the land they are leasing from us. A quarry, by definition, will remove our property to a depth of 400 feet. That’s not a sublease: it’s a truckload sale.

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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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