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Friday, October 11, 2019 8:25 PM

We Did It!

For those that may not have heard, Charles Francis, Russ Stephenson, and Kay Crowder have announced they will not seek a runoff, so Mary-Ann Baldwin, Jonathan Melton, and Saige Martin will be sworn in as the new Mayor and Council Members along with David Knight and Patrick Buffkin on December 2nd! Thanks to all the outgoing council members for their service, but I am ready to get to work with this new generation of leadership.

I want to thank again everyone that supported me when I was running and for your continued engagement to help make this new slate of leadership a reality. I do not think it is hyperbole for me to say this is one of the best days of my life. Not just because something I have been working towards for a year has become a reality, but the city I love and have chosen to call home will now be led by people that truly represent me as Raleigh has officially elected TWO members of the LGBTQ community! This is truly a historic day for Raleigh and something we should be proud of!

Now is time for a little celebrating, but soon the real work begins. I can't wait to get to work with this new council to start shaping Raleigh's future into something that everyone can be proud of!


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 11:36 AM

Final Predictions From The Latest Finance Reports

The final finance reports before the October 8th election are posted. There are some interesting data points here that give us a good idea of what next Tuesday is going to look like.

Friday, August 30, 2019 2:38 PM

Facts About The RDU Quarry

Some candidates have made the RDU Quarry a hot topic this election. Here are some facts that you may not have heard before.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:34 PM

We Need More Housing!

Raleigh has a housing supply problem that is closely related to our housing affordability issues. Here are some easy things that the City Council can do to help.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 3:58 PM

Equality NC Messed Up

The Raleigh LGBT community was not happy with the Equality NC endorsements that were made on August 8th. Changes were made on August 27th, but they still show a break-down in the endorsement process at Equality NC.

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.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 2:43 PM

Campaign Kickoff Success!

The campaign kickoff event was held on March 19th and was hosted by David Meeker and Brian Oschwald. Over 70 people attended and the event and few weeks leading up to it generated over $8,500 in contributions and pledges.

Monday, March 18, 2019 12:00 AM

Raleigh Is a Young City Governed by a Not-So-Young Council. This Year’s Election Could Change That.

Robbie says "I'm not in this race because of my age or because I'm part of the LGBT community. I'm here because I see problems (housing, infrastructure, equity) that I have the experience and knowledge to help address. It's icing on the cake that I can bring perspectives not currently on Council."

Friday, March 15, 2019 12:00 AM

Place Your Bets for Raleigh's Next Mayor!

When Nancy stepped down, this year's election got even more interesting with a crowded field of potential contenders for Mayor. Mentioned is David Meeker's support for Robbie's campaign.

Monday, March 11, 2019 12:00 AM

Nicole Stewart Announces Re-election Bid

Nicole has officially launched her campaign for re-election to her at-large seat. There are several others that have expressed interest in the 2 at-large positions, including Robbie Rikard.

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