Raleigh, N.C. – Brent Woodcox, founder of Share Raleigh, released the statement below:
Stacy Miller is energetic, affable and open-minded. Among all council candidates, he seems best poised to bring a perspective to the table that will advocate for ways to leverage technology to improve the quality of life of Raleigh’s citizens. He understands the opportunity that short term rentals can represent in making Raleigh a better city. Mr. Miller also understands the need to adopt reasonable regulations to protect our neighborhoods and allow them to thrive. He is our top choice for city council at-large.
Zainab Baloch supports the recommendation of the city’s Short Term Rental Task Force. She understands the importance of short term rentals to Raleigh’s future and she supports a measured approach to legalizing this use within the city. Ms. Baloch would be an improvement on many current incumbents on city council.
Robb Ward has the experience and expertise related to real estate and housing issues to be a leading voice pushing for short term rental freedom on the council. The current council has too often felt like an echo chamber in need of a disruptive force from the outside who could shake things up. We believe Mr. Ward’s fresh perspective would be invaluable as an addition to the current council and that is why he has our endorsement.
While Miller remains our top choice, any of the other three candidates mentioned above would be a vast improvement on the current incumbent, Russ Stephenson. Councilor Stephenson has not only been hostile toward short term rentals but he has been completely uncompromising and not open to an honest dialogue about the issue. He is standing in the way of progress for Raleigh. We recommend replacing him with a new voice.
(Note: Rob Axtell has made some positive public statements about short term rentals. He did not complete the Share Raleigh survey so we do not have enough information to fully evaluate his candidacy.
Nicole Stewart did not participate in the Share Raleigh survey and has to our knowledge taken no public position on the issue of short term rentals. While we cannot evaluate her on her position on the issue, there is cause for concern that her campaign that is billed as being focused on citizen engagement is not hearing all of the voices within the city. A careful curation of what voices can be heard in the city is a malady that too often has afflicted the current council and it is a mistake that should not be repeated.)
Yesterday, Share Raleigh endorsed Mayor Nancy McFarlane for re-election. Endorsements for city council districts A-E will be released on Wednesday.
More information can be found about Share Raleigh at www.shareraleigh.com.