Mary-Ann Baldwin

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Mary-Ann Baldwin
Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin.jpg
62nd Mayor of Raleigh
Assumed office
December 2, 2019
Preceded byNancy McFarlane
Personal details
Born1956/1957 (age 63–64)
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Rhode Island, Kingston (BA)
WebsiteCampaign website

Mary-Ann Baldwin is an American marketing executive and politician from the state of North Carolina. She is the mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Early life and education[edit]

Baldwin grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from the University of Rhode Island.[1] She is married to Jim Baldwin and she has two children, a daughter and son-in-law.[2]

Career[edit]

Baldwin communications[edit]

Prior to political service, she worked in the marketing field, including working as marketing director for several firms and managing her own consulting firm, Baldwin Communications.[2]

City council service[edit]

She served on the Raleigh City Council for ten years, from 2007 through 2017 during the mayoral terms of Charles Meeker and Nancy McFarlane.[3] While on the city council, she served as chair of the Law & Public Safety Committee and the Transportation Committee, and served on several other committees, as well as acting as the city's representative to GoTriangle, the regional transportation firm.[2] When Meeker decided to step down prior to the 2011 election, he approached both Baldwin and McFarlane to run for mayor in his stead, Baldwin however declined the offer to run, as she was dealing with personal issues she felt would interfere with her ability to effectively campaign and serve in the role as mayor.[4]

Mayoral service[edit]

On March 27, 2019, Baldwin announced that she would be running for mayor of Raleigh in the 2019 election to succeed McFarlane, who was stepping down as mayor in the midst of health troubles.[5] Baldwin came in first place, winning 38% of the vote.[6] A runoff was not requested by the runner-up and Baldwin became mayor-elect of Raleigh.[7] She assumed office December 2, 2019. Baldwin has battled the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 17, she made a proclomation that mandated masks.[8][9] She also was mayor during the George Floyd protests in Raleigh. While she was supportive of the peaceful protests, several riots had broke out and in response she issued a citywide curfew from 10 pm to 5 am.[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tauss, Jeffrey C. Billman, Leigh (March 27, 2019). "Exclusive: Mary-Ann Baldwin Says She's Running for Mayor to Lead Raleigh Into a Bold Progressive Future". INDY Week.
  2. ^ a b c "Mary-Ann Baldwin - Bio". Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  3. ^ https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article162876128.html
  4. ^ Tauss, Leigh (10 December 2019). "Politics Ruins Everything: A Story About Nancy McFarlane, Who Happened to Be Raleigh's Mayor". Independent Weekly. Indy Week. Retrieved 30 March 2020.
  5. ^ Baldwin, Mary-Ann (27 March 2019). "It's official. #NotoriousMAB …". @maryannbaldwin.
  6. ^ "2019 election results". Wake County Board of Elections. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  7. ^ "'I'm really excited': Raleigh's new mayor-elect Mary-Ann Baldwin leads a city hall remake". ABC11 Raleigh-Durham. Oct 13, 2019. Retrieved Oct 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Pope Iv, Jonas; Johnson, Anna (June 17, 2020). "Raleigh to require face masks in effort to slow the spread of coronavirus".
  9. ^ "Emergency Proclamation to Require Face Masks - signed June 19, 2020" (PDF). City of Raleigh. June 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Diaz, Jaclyn (October 30, 2020). "Raleigh, N.C., Sets Citywide Curfew Ahead Of Racial Justice Protests".
  11. ^ Burns, Matthew (October 30, 2020). "Raleigh mayor on protest; 'I am praying for peace and grace".

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nancy McFarlane
Mayor of Raleigh
2019–present
Incumbent