The newly elected Raleigh City Council members gathered Monday evening to take their oath of office at a public ceremony held at Raleigh Union Station.
The City Council gained several new members: Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin, Jonathan Melton (At-large), Patrick T. Buffkin (District A), Saige Martin (District D), and David Knight (District E). Returning council members are Nicole Stewart (At-large), David Cox (District B), and Corey Branch (District C).
During her inauguration comments, Mayor Baldwin thanked the audience for their support, and spoke about the principles and values of this new Council, including housing affordability, transit and mobility, equity and inclusion, funding for Dix Park, and support for entrepreneurship. Mayor Baldwin also announced a new commitment to innovation. “Our plan is to reward our professional staff for big ideas. We’ll be convening our boards and commissions for a major ideation session in January called “Raleigh Unleashed.” And we’ll proactively embrace new technology that benefits our residents,” said Mayor Baldwin.
Acknowledging that there is a lot to accomplish, Mayor Baldwin said the Council’s agenda is aspirational, inspirational, and achievable. She also referenced a bond referendum that will be on the ballot in 2020. “Think of it as a quality of life initiative…supporting the construction of Phase One of Dix Park, building and maintaining our entire parks and greenway system in an equitable way, and supporting housing affordability,” said Mayor Baldwin. She concluded by stating that over the next two years, the Council will demonstrate what can be achieved when public officials and residents work together to create a city of progress, innovation, and compassion for all residents.
Monday evening’s swearing-in ceremony will air on the City’s RTN 11 (Raleigh Television Network) as follows:
- Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.;
- Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m.;
- Thursday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m. and 9 p.m.;
- Friday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m., 6 p.m., and 10 p.m.;
- Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; and
- Monday, Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.