Robbie Rikard for Raleigh City Council


Thanks for visiting my website. I started a campaign to run for an at-large seat on Raleigh City Council in 2019 but dropped out after winning became almost mathematically impossible (see the announcement here). I may decide to run again in the future, but for 2019 I will be trying to raise awareness about this election, the issues at stake, and the candidates that I am supporting. I am not affiliated with any candidate's campaign. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for things that you think I could do that would be helpful, please let me know!


Friday, August 2, 2019 9:22 AM

Charles Francis - More of the Same

Charles Francis' campaign has made it pretty clear that we can expect that Charles would be a friend of Stef, Russ, Kay, and David Cox if he is elected Mayor. Take a look at who he is supporting and who is supporting him.

Sunday, July 28, 2019 3:46 PM

Raleigh City Council Race: Who's In The Lead?

Here I provide my analysis of the current state of the race in each district.

Monday, July 15, 2019 8:00 AM

Campaign Announcement

When I decided I wanted to run for City Council last Fall, I did so because I wanted to get Russ out of office and see a shift in the policy making dynamic of Council. After evaluating the At-Large council race over the last few weeks it has become apparent given the current size and make up of the At-Large field, that getting Russ out of office is a near impossibility. Therefore, I have decided that I will not be filing to run for Council this year.

My hope is that by not running, the chances that a remaining candidate can consolidate enough votes to beat Russ will be greater, and I will be freed up to help some candidates in other races unseat other incumbents. You will still find me very involved in this election and I plan to find ways to stay involved in shaping Council’s policies after the election (hopefully with a new set of Councilors).

I want to thank everyone that has supported me over the last several months. I have met many amazing and dedicated people that want to see Raleigh grow in the best possible way. The money left in my campaign will be given to other candidates running for Council.

Speaking of other candidates, below is who I will be supporting. Some races have more than 1 good person running, but part of my decision is based on who has the best chance of winning.

Mayor: Mary-Ann Baldwin. Charles Francis lost my consideration when he backed Stef Mendell and David Cox. While Caroline would probably do a fine job, I feel Mary-Ann has a better articulated vision for Raleigh and the experience to see that it is carried out.

At-Large 1: Nicole Stewart
At-Large 2: Jonathan Melton
District A: Patrick Buffkin
District B: Brian Fitzsimmons
District C: N/A
District D: Saige Martin
District E: David Knight

Thanks again and PLEASE vote on October 8th!

Thursday, May 30, 2019 3:34 PM

Next Campaign Event Announced!

Erika and Eric Braun will be hosting a reception for Robbie's campaign on July 17, 2019 at 5:30pm. Click Here to register and get your tickets!

Friday, March 29, 2019 12:00 AM

Some council candidates argue Bird, Lime leaving Raleigh shows growth-stifling policies

Robbie believes that the attitude that most members of Council have had towards scooters shows a mindset that isn't considering the future needs of the city as we grow rapidly and have to adapt to new ways of moving people around the city. Donate to bring more progressive leadership to Raleigh.

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