Welcome to The News & Observer’s Voter Guide for the 2021 Wake County municipal elections.
We have reached out to all of the candidates running for mayor, town board and town council, and asked them to complete a candidate questionnaire.
This election features mayoral contests in several towns, including contested races in Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Morrisville, Wake Forest and Zebulon. In Apex, there are six candidates running to fill three seats on the town council, and in Wendell, seven candidates are competing to fill three seats.
The names of candidates who completed our questionnaire are hyperlinked below so that N&O subscribers can read their answers to our questions about local issues such as COVID-19, town growth, their top priorities, and what life skills and experience make them the best candidate.
The early voting period runs through Oct. 30. Registered voters can vote early at the Wake County Board of Elections Office, 1200 N. New Hope Road, Raleigh, John M. Brown Community Center, 53 Hunter St., Apex, and Avery Street Recreation Center, 125 Avery St., Garner.
If you’re voting by mail, you also have the option of returning your absentee ballot to the board of elections in person. Requests to vote by mail must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26.
The last day to register to vote was Friday, Oct. 8, but if you live in one of the municipalities below that has an election this year, you can visit the board of elections during the early voting period and complete same-day registration.
More information about early voting, registration, polling places, and requesting an absentee ballot can be found at www.wakevotesearly.com. You can also contact the Board of Elections at 919-404-4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or comments about this list, please contact reporter Anna Johnson at email@example.com.
The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.
APEX TOWN COUNCIL (Three seats)
FUQUAY-VARINA MAYOR (One seat)
FUQUAY-VARINA BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Two seats)
GARNER TOWN COUNCIL (Two seats)
HOLLY SPRINGS MAYOR (One seat)
HOLLY SPRINGS TOWN COUNCIL (Three seats)
KNIGHTDALE MAYOR (One seat)
KNIGHTDALE TOWN COUNCIL (Three seats)
MORRISVILLE MAYOR (One seat)
MORRISVILLE TOWN COUNCIL, AT-LARGE (One seat)
Steve S. Rao*
James “Jim” Semmens
MORRISVILLE TOWN COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2 (One seat)
MORRISVILLE TOWN COUNCIL, DISTRICT 4 (One seat)
Patty Wei-Pei Cheng
ROLESVILLE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Three seats)
Dan Tyrone Alston
Steven D. Dieckhaus
WAKE FOREST MAYOR (One seat)
WAKE FOREST BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Two seats)
R. Keith Shackleford
WENDELL BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Three seats)
Braxton Davis Honeycutt
ZEBULON MAYOR(One seat)
ZEBULON BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS (Two seats)
Beverly Wall Clark*
Annie Jean Moore*