Lang first entered politics in 1997 with a self-financed bid for the Cary Town Council. He won, and, two years later, sought and was elected mayor. During his time in Cary politics, Lang was an outspoken advocate of slower growth for the rapidly expanding town as well as for infrastructure improvements, incurring the ire of local developers by supporting increased fees for residential development.
Lang filed for re-election but did not campaign. In the 2003 race Lang placed third, and said the reason for his loss was on account of the fact that he only spent $10 to file and nothing on his campaign. He was succeeded as mayor by Ernie McAlister.
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