As the city of Raleigh changes from increased growth and a changing population, this is reflected in the candidates for the upcoming elections for the city’s mayor. Avery Upchurch is currently mayor, is 60 years old, a gas station owner, and was raised on a tobacco farm. Charles Meeker is running against Upchurch, is 39 years old, a lawyer, and son of a U.S. ambassador. Upchurch is for keeping things the way they are and Meeker is seeking change. The two candidates reflect Raleigh’s past and present and have voters excited for the upcoming election.