Police & Firefighters Announce Raleigh Municipal Endorsements
Updated On: Sep 04, 2019
The Raleigh Police Protective Association and the Raleigh Professional Fire Fighters Association announced joint endorsements today for Raleigh mayor and city council races. The candidates endorsed by the two public safety organizations are as follows:
Charles Francis — Mayor
Sam Hershey — District A
David Cox — District B
Corey Branch — District C
Kay Crowder — District D
Stef Mendell — District E
Russ Stephenson — At Large
James Bledsoe — At Large
“The brave men and women who patrol Raleigh’s streets and protect lives and property each and everyday heard from the municipal candidates directly on issues important to police, firefighters, and the public,” said RPPA President Matt Cooper and RPFFA President Shawn Burns. “We believe the candidates we’ve endorsed, led by mayoral candidate Charles Francis, will stand by the public safety profession and invest in the resources to keep Raleigh a vibrant and safe city.”
RPPA and RPFFA held a Raleigh mayoral forum on August 27 that was open to the public and included all six candidates running for mayor. Candidates were asked eight questions on pay, benefits, and resources. The following day, city council candidates were screened in one-on-one interviews with both organizations.
“This year’s municipal election is an important one for Raleigh’s police officers and firefighters, one we feel we will have a positive impact on,” said Burns and Cooper in a joint statement. “Our city will elect a new mayor and we believe that next mayor — Charles Francis — will make its city employees and public safety a priority.”
Election day is Tuesday, October 8 and early voting starts September 18.
The Raleigh Police Protective Association is the law enforcement division of Teamsters Local 391. The Raleigh Professional Fire Fighters Association is an affiliate of the Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina and the International Association of Fire Fighters.