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McFarlane wins Raleigh mayoral race, bonds pass

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Voters in Wake County passed major bonds and reelected Mayor Nancy McFarlane to a second term Tuesday.

WNCN.com will be updating the results throughout the evening.

McFarlane won over 70 percent of the vote with challenger Robert Weltzin receiving 22 percent and Venita Peyton with five percent.

Wake voters passed an $810 million school bond by a 58 to 42 margin.

The vote for the $810 bond for the fast-growing Wake schools faced opposition. New superintendent Jim Merrill has made it a priority, but the Wake County Republican Party opposed the bonds.

The Wake County Board of Education has four seats up for grabs, including three formerly held by Republicans who have left the board. Chris Malone won a seat in the North Carolina House, Debra Goldman moved away and John Tedesco decided not to run for re-election.

In District 1 (NE Wake): Tom Benton, who was appointed to replace Malone, defeated Don McIntyre.

In District 2 (SE Wake): Monika Johnson-Hostler defeated Matt Scruggs, who opposed the bonds. Johnson-Hostler will replace Tedesco.

District 7 (W. Raleigh, Morrisville): Deborah Prickett, a Republican, lost her re-election big against Zora Felton.

District 9 (Western Wake): Bill Fletcher will retain his seat after defeating Nancy Caggia. Fletcher was appointed to replace Goldman.

There are also six spots on the Raleigh City Council up for election, although incumbent Bonner Gaylor won, unopposed in District E.

Wayne Maiorano defeated incumbent Randy Stagner for city council district A. In district B, incumbent John Odom won with 59 percent of the votes. Eugene Weeks won district C with 80 percent of votes. Thomas G. Crowder will stay in the district D seat after receiving 81 percent of the vote.  

Wake voters passed a $75 million transportation bond by 70 percent to 30 percent. The passing will add a 1.12-cent property tax hike next year.

The transportation bond includes 18 projects throughout the city. Some of the projects will widen streets, improve bus stops, and build sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

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