Patrick Buffkin will not run for re-election to the Raleigh City Council

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Raleigh City Councilman Patrick Buffkin listens during the Raleigh City Council meeting at the Municipal Building in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

Raleigh City Councilman Patrick Buffkin listens during the Raleigh City Council meeting at the Municipal Building in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

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Raleigh City Council member Patrick Buffkin will not be seeking re-election to his council seat.

Buffkin, 39, sought the Democratic nomination for North Carolina’s Senate District 13 in the March primary, but was defeated by Lisa Grafsteinwhich won 66% of the vote.

The first-term council member could have asked for re-election but decided against it, citing the arrival of a baby boy in September.

“Rachael and I are incredibly excited to welcome our first child into the world, and it’s a great time for me to focus on our home life,” Buffkin said in a press release. “It was a great honor to represent North Raleigh on the city council. I have helped make government work better for the people and contribute to a long-term sustainable and equitable future for Raleigh. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience.

His term ends in December and he said he still has priorities to focus on for the rest of the year.

“Two priorities are getting raises for our police and firefighters and creating a municipal service district for the Midtown area,” Buffkin said. “Passing the parks requirement in November is probably the most important issue on the ballot as our city continues to make progress on housing affordability and transportation.”

Buffkin also told The News & Observer that he was not seeking the nomination to replace NC Rep. Grier Martin, who has just announced his resignation work in the Biden administration.

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Raleigh City Councilman Patrick Buffkin listens during the Raleigh City Council meeting at the Municipal Building in Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com

Nominations for the Raleigh City Council elections begin July 1.

Two candidates, Mary Black and Cat Lawson, have already announced their intention to run for the District A seat.

Buffkin is the third member of the eight-person council not to run again this fall.

Council members David Cox and Nicole Stewart both said they would not seek another term.

This story was originally published June 6, 2022 12:26 p.m.

Anna Johnson covers Raleigh and Wake County for the News & Observer. She has previously covered city government, crime and business for newspapers across North Carolina and has received numerous awards from the North Carolina Press Association, including first place for investigative journalism. She is a 2012 alumnus of Elon University.
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