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Two-time City Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane beat out two challengers Tuesday night to become Raleigh’s next mayor and the second female mayor in the city’s history.

McFarlane received 61 percent, or 34,424 votes, to replace Charles Meeker, who chose not to seek a sixth term. Her opponents – real estate agent Billie Redmond and physician Dr. Randall Williams – received 30 percent and 9 percent of the votes, respectively.

In thanking her supporters, McFarlane said she got the voters’ message that things are good in Raleigh and that they want to keep it that way.

“They really are happy with where we are and where we’re going,” McFarlane said. “Mayor Meeker has done an incredible job over the past 10 years.” She praised his efforts to revitalize downtown.

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