On Friday afternoon, Charles Francis, Raleigh attorney and 2019 Mayoral candidate announced that he would not seek a runoff election, making Mary-Ann Baldwin, the top vote-getter from municipal elections, Raleigh’s next mayor.

Francis announced in a news release that he anticipated coming in first place at the election on Oct. 8. However, when that did not occur, he decided not to call a runoff because it would require hundreds of thousands more dollars for a race only weeks away

“One purpose of my candidacy was to include all people in Raleigh’s growth, decision-making and prosperity,” Francis said in a statement. “I am committed to continue doing the work to build a Raleigh for All as a lawyer, bank director, entrepreneur and community servant.  The lofty rhetoric we often hear about Raleigh does not match the reality for too many…

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