Corey Branch Endorsed by Indy Week
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An old-guard Democrat, Eugene Weeks has served on Council since 2010, after being appointed to fill the District C seat left open by current Wake County Commissioner James West. He points to such achievements as securing funding for the New Bern Avenue corridor, advocating for funds from the city’s parks bond to go toward Chavis Park and Community Center, building more bus shelters and luring an Art Pope grocery store to a previously vacant Kroger space.
But there’s a perception that Weeks is inactive on Council and unresponsive to his constituents, content to coast on the status quo and vote with the other Democrats. And there’s the fact that District C, which covers the city’s mostly African-American southeast section, has largely been left behind by the city’s recent prosperity. There’s been little in the way of economic development or neighborhood revitalization, and vacant buildings and boarded-up housing complexes are commonplace.
District C deserves better. The INDY endorses Corey Branch.
Branch, who ran unsuccessfully against Weeks in 2011, has since served as a member of both the Raleigh Transit Authority and the Wake County Transit Advisory Committee, making him something of a transit expert—which is an expertise District C needs, as many of its residents rely on bus service to get around. Branch has the right ideas for the district, including focusing on economic inclusion without gentrification, engaging with citizens and improving transit. This time around, he’s ready to serve.
Weeks is a formidable candidate and has outraised Branch 3–1. It will be difficult for Branch to win. Even so, with his fresh ideas and eye toward the future, he’s the better candidate.