“The greatness of Raleigh is rooted in the people who live here. This city and its people have so much untapped potential. Our greatness must be measured by how Raleigh’s people – all people – are able to progress. I’m running for Mayor because I know we can do better.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 15, 2017 Charles Francis Statement on Raleigh Firefighter Benefits Candidate for Raleigh Mayor Responds To City Council Vote on Firefighter Benefits Raleigh, NC (September 15, 2017) – Last week, the Raleigh City Council, led by Mayor Nancy McFarlane, voted to reduce benefits to first-responders. The procedural vote took place unknowinglyRead More
Father, advocate and leader. A strong voice for the best of what Raleigh can be.
At an early age, Charles watched as his grandfather, Charles Irving, Sr., made history as one of the earliest African-American mail-carriers in the Capital City and later move on to be a co-founder of the Irving-Swain Press Inc. A product of the Wake County public school system (Effie Green Elementary, Ligon Middle and Sanderson High), Charles is a graduate of Princeton University and Duke University School of Law in Durham. After law school, Charles went on to serve as a law clerk and federal prosecutor, never forgetting his commitment to his family’s proud legacy of advocacy and
After serving as a federal prosecutor in North Carolina, Charles returned to Raleigh to practice law, often representing individuals, small business owners and citizens against the powerful forces, making sure their voices are heard and rights protected. He has been a tireless advocate for making things right. Service in a variety of Raleigh communities have always been a hallmark of his interests. Charles has served as a Raleigh City Council member, Raleigh Planning Commission member, Vice Chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party, Vice Chairman of the Raleigh Wake Citizens Association, a Rex Hospital trustee, a John Rex Endowment founding trustee, a director of the Centennial