Paul Coble

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Paul Coble
Wake County Board of Commissioners
In office
Preceded by Herb Council
Succeeded by John Burns
Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman
In office
Preceded by Tony Gurley
Succeeded by Joe Bryan
Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina
In office
Preceded by Tom Fetzer
Succeeded by Charles Meeker
Personal details
Born (1953-10-19) October 19, 1953 (age 61)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Connie Kearney Coble
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Alma mater Wake Forest University

Paul Y. Coble (born October 19, 1953 in Raleigh, North Carolina) served one term as Mayor of Raleigh from December 1999 to December 2001. Coble served on the Wake County Board of Commissioners from 2006 to 2014,[1] and served as Chairman of the board from 2010 to 2012.[2]

Early life[edit]

Coble is the son of Jack and Betsey Coble and the nephew of the late U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Wake Forest University in business. In 1992, he completed a Registered Health Underwriter degree at Northeastern University.

Political career[edit]

Coble served on Raleigh City Council from 1993 to 1999. While on the Council, he served as Chairman of the Budget Committee and the Planning Committee. He also served as Mayor Pro Tem. Councilman Coble worked to cut the tax rate four times. Like his predecessor, Mayor Tom Fetzer, he was a conservative Republican. Coble served as Mayor from 1999-2001. During Coble's term as Mayor, the city had to rapidly respond to a record 25-inch snow storm and opened the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Coble focused on public safety issues and promoted a program to prosecute gun violence under Federal laws.

Coble lost a heated re-election campaign after just one term in 2001 against former city councilman Charles Meeker. Initially Coble led Meeker on the October ballot, but went on to lose the November ballot by a margin of 50.97% to 48.87%.[3]

The following year, Coble ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the North Carolina State Senate against Democrat Eric Reeves. Despite a strong turnout of Republican voters from the coattails of Elizabeth Dole's campaign for United States Senate, Coble was unable to win the Democratic-leaning seat. Reeves defeated Coble 49.29% to 48.39%.[4]

In 2006, Coble sought a comeback to elective office by running for an open seat on the Wake County Board of Commissioners. He handily defeated Air Force veteran Rodger Koopman 54.42% to 45.58%.[5] Coble served as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and serves on the Wake County Fire Commission. He was re-elected to the Commission in 2010, defeating Wake County Attorney and former Wake County Democratic Party Chair Jack Nichols. Coble has served as Chairman of the Commissioners for two terms, in both 2011 and 2012. In private life, Coble is in the insurance business. He is married to Connie Coble and has two daughters, Courtney and Paige.

In December 2008, Coble downplayed reports that he was considering running for Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 election, challenging Bev Perdue.[6] Instead, he later announced that he would run for the U.S. House in North Carolina's 13th congressional district, then occupied by U.S. Representative Brad Miller.

2012 Congressional Run[edit]

Coble,[7] former U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding,[8] and 2010 nominee Bill Randall[9] ran for the Republican nomination. Former Winston-Salem city council member Vernon Robinson[10] and Nathan Tabor, who ran unsuccessfully in the 5th district in 2004,[11] had both planned to seek the Republican nomination in the 13th district in 2012, but Robinson instead ran in the 8th district,[12] while Tabor declined to run as a result of changes made to the district in redistricting.[13] On May 8, George Holding won the Republican primary with almost 44 percent of the vote.[14]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Fetzer
Mayor of Raleigh
1999– 2001
Succeeded by
Charles Meeker
Preceded by
Herb Council
Wake County Board of Commissioners
2006– 2014
Succeeded by
John Burns