Nat Robertson

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Nat Robertson
Mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina
Assumed office
December 2, 2013[1]
Preceded by Tony Chavonne
Personal details
Born Gainesville, Florida
Spouse(s) Kim Robertson
Alma mater Elon University
Profession Republican

Nat Robertson (born 1963) is an American businessman and politician, who has served as the Mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina, since December 2, 2013.[1] Robertson had previously served in the Fayetteville City Council for eight years (four terms).[2][3] Mayors of Fayetteville are elected to two-year terms.[1]

Robertson, a member of the Republican Party, and the first Republican Mayor elected since 1951, served as a member of the Fayetteville City Council for three-consecutive terms from 1989 until 1995.[3] He also served on city council for a fourth term from 1999 to 2001.[3] Robertson first ran for mayor in 2011, but was defeated by incumbent Mayor Tony Chavonne, who won re-election to a fourth term.[2]

In April 2013, incumbent Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne announced that he would not seek re-election after four consecutive terms in office.[1] Robertson soon announced his candidacy to succeed Chavonne.[3] He narrowly defeated his opponent, City Councilwoman and real estate agent Val Applewhite, in the mayoral election on November 5, 2013.[2] Robertson received 51% of the vote, while Applewhite placed a close second with 49%.[2] Voter turnout was more than 20%, which was considered high for an off-year Fayetteville municipal election.[2]

Robertson was sworn into office on December 2, 2013, for a two-year term as mayor.[1]

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory appointed Robertson to the Governor's Crime Commission during the Spring of 2014.[4] He began work on the Commission during its June 2014 quarterly meeting.[4]