I want to work to serve all the citizens in District D. It is a very diverse area with many opportunities that encompass people from all walks of life, from the very affluent to the very poor. In addition to longer-term residents, we are home to tens of thousands of college students, many of whom enjoy living in Raleigh so much they seek employment in our city after they graduate. I will continue to champion the needs of all residents of Southwest Raleigh, especially those who most need a voice at the council table.


Places We Live

According to Numbeo, the crowd-sourced global database, Raleigh has the highest quality of life in North America.

We rank 2nd in buying power, 5th in safety, and 6th in the pollution index (a good thing!).


How We Play

Raleigh operates over 200 parks across the city for playing with the kids, walking the dog, amateur athletes, tennis players, swimmers, runners, art aficionados, nature lovers, and those seeking a quiet place to rest and rejuvenate.  And we now have a master plan for our new Dix Park, destined to become a beloved public space and a common ground for all of Raleigh to enjoy.


Our Economy

Raleigh, according to Forbes:

#2 Best Place in America for Business and Careers

3.4% Unemployment

2.6% Job Growth (2017)

Cost of Living 1% above the national average

46% college attainment

I am always open to new technologies and methods of delivering services that show promise for enhancing our city, but I will fully explore any potential negative impacts to our citizens before I lend support to major changes.

What District D is Saying…

Kay Crowder is running for reelection to the Raleigh City Council, representing District D. We have known and worked with Kay since before she was first elected in 2014. We enthusiastically support Kay because of her professional experience and her excellent service to Raleigh as our representative. She came to the City Council with a background in management and finance, skills she has used to advance the work of the City Council. Kay has led the way on the Budget & Economic Development Committee, the Comprehensive Planning Committee, Triangle J Council of Government, and now on Transportation & Transit and Growth & Natural Resources. Kay has always been a strong advocate for Boylan Heights, as well as all neighborhoods in District D, advocating for growth and development that protects and enhances urban life for all residents.

Chris Weedy, District D Resident

Kay is very attentive to the district and the needs of its residents and institutions. I feel lucky that we have such a supportive council member for District D.

Charles Phaneuf, Executive Director – Raleigh Little Theatre

Demonstrating a strong sense of responsibility and commitment to public service, she prepares thoroughly, listens carefully, responds promptly, and works collaboratively. Best of all, she's warm, caring, and genuinely dedicated to serving our community. Her energy and sincere interest in our City and its people will make Raleigh not just better but great. We're proud to support her for District D.

Shera & Bill Hube, District D Residents

I have known Kay for over 27 years. She listens to her community and is willing to tackle tough issues, making sure that Raleigh continues to be a great place to live and work. No one works harder for our neighborhoods than Kay Crowder.

Yevonne Brannon, Former Wake County Commissioner and District D Resident

Councilor Kay Crowder is a proven leader for Raleigh. She has done an excellent job representing the citizens of District D and being a strong voice for neighborhoods.

Jessica Holmes, Wake County Commissioner


I have taken a firm stand against the RDU Airport Authority’s plan to sublease part of the airport property to create a rock quarry on the land next to Umstead State Park. This tract of land has been used for decades for recreation purposes such as camping sites for the scouts. This action to mine this forested land will destroy the land’s use by our citizens forever.

My fellow city councilor Stefanie Mendell uses the analogy of a car lease to describe what the airport is trying to do (I’ve embellished it quite a bit here).  You lease a minivan for your family for three years, for “personal purposes”.  You find it hard to make the monthly payments, so you sublease the van to your friend the handyman.  He returns it to you at the end of the lease, beat to heck with the seats and wheels and even the steering wheel missing.  When you tow it to the rental agency, they are aghast because you destroyed the car using it for commercial purposes, which wasn’t part of the lease. You refuse to pay for the ruined car, because you claim that subleasing helped you pay your monthly bills, which to you is a “personal purpose” covered by the lease.

That is exactly what the airport is trying to pull.  The airport property is jointly owned by the cities of Raleigh and Durham and the counties of Wake and Durham. In other words, you and me the taxpayers own this land. The RDU Airport Authority leases the land for “airport-related purposes,” like terminals and hangers and runways and parking lots.  A mine is not an “airport-related purpose” and is a violation of the lease.

The airport authority wants the cash because it needs $4 billion for improvements over the next 20 years.  It says it stands to make $8-25 million over 25-35 years of the sublease, with very little money coming to the airport in the first ten years. $25 million is 0.6% of $4 billion, $8 million is a mere 0.2%.  This is less than a drop in the bucket, and the land is destroyed forever.

I spent a large part of my career marketing investments, and I don’t know that I have seen a worse investment than this proposed sublease.  Heck, the NC Conservation Trust offered $6.5 million upfront to conserve the land.  That money invested at just 1% interest will yield $8.3 million in 25 years.  A very modest 5% return over 35 years is more than $37 million.  And the land would still be intact and usable.

Others have described the impacts of the proposed mine on the environment and public recreation better than I can, so I encourage you to read about them on the internet.  I want the airport to not only be successful, but to be better than ever.  But even if all the environmental concerns didn’t exist or could be mitigated, this would still be the worst use of the land by the airport and a violation of the lease.

Three of my fellow councilors and I were prepared to ask the RDU Airport Authority to stop this “lease” agreement asking the Airport Authority to slow down and allow us time to weigh in on the quarry issues.  It takes five of the eight city councilors to approve legal action and we were deadlocked 4-4, thus our proposal failed.  Currently, our hands are tied. We need a 5th vote.

Protecting our public lands matter.  Elections also matter.  Early voting starts for the Raleigh City Council on September 18th.  I hope you will support me in my re-election campaign and help me fight to stop the Rock Quarry on the Odd Fellows Tract next to Umstead State Park. I want our airport to continue to be successful and I will work diligently to make this happen in a way that benefits our citizens, our airport, and our environment.

Kay Crowder

District D, Raleigh City Council

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