I want to work to serve all the citizens in District D. It is a very diverse area with many challenges that encompass all walks of life, from the very affluent to the very poor. In addition to longer-term residents, we are home to tens of thousands of college students, many of whom enjoy living in Raleigh so much they seek employment in our city after they graduate. I will continue to champion the needs of all residents of Southwest Raleigh, especially those who most need a voice at the council table.

I am always open to new technologies and methods of delivering services that show promise for enhancing our city, but I will fully explore any potential negative impacts to our citizens before I lend support to major changes.

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IBMA and World of Bluegrass Event Update

Raleigh, NC (Oct. 1, 2015) – Even the weather can’t steal center stage from all the great bluegrass musicians in Raleigh this week for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, but this weekend the Raleigh Convention Center will be the physical manifestation of the proverbial “Big Tent” – it’ll house more than 100 bands from around the world playing a variety of styles of bluegrass over the course of the two-day PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass festival. In addition to yesterday’s announcement that the ticketed portion of the weekend will be moved indoors to the Convention Center, organizers confirmed this morning that the main components of the StreetFest will also move indoors, including all of the music stages and the vendors from the Got to be NC, Arts Market, and Shop Local Raleigh sections of the festival. The NC Pork Council’s Barbecue Experience Dinners will also be hosted inside the Convention Center. The Dance Tent will move to Salisbury Street in front of the Convention Center – in addition to a tent over the top, the area will be walled in to help shield dancers, musicians, and audience members from the weather. “Of course we’ve been watching the weather closely all week, and IBMA staff and volunteers, City staff and volunteers, artists, vendors, sponsors, and everyone involved in making this event happen has been focused on how to make the event work in a very different environment while still celebrating the music that brought us all together this week. We are particularly glad that IBMA, the City of Raleigh, and the Convention Center teams have been so flexible in helping us...

The News & Observer Endorses Kay

District D covering southwest Raleigh offers the council’s most intriguing and telling race. Kay Crowder was appointed to replace her husband, Thomas Crowder, a tireless advocate for his district who resigned after being diagnosed with cancer. He died last October. Crowder, 59, was her late husband’s political partner and shares his commitment to serving District D while charting a manageable but imaginative course for a growing Raleigh. During her tenure, she has shown a willingness to learn and the energy to lead. She deserves election in her own right. Read more...

IndyWeek Endorses Kay

Crowder’s priorities for District D include protecting neighborhoods, improving transit and empowering citizens. On the first score, Crowder has proven she’s not afraid to stand up to developers, as we saw in her negotiations with John Kane, whose proposal for a tower in the Warehouse District was vastly improved with retail and street life fronting the upcoming Union Station. Crowder also wants to explore using city-owned property for affordable housing, a worthwhile goal. Many thanks to IndyWeek for their...