Paul Coble

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Paul Coble
Senator Jesse Helms with Raleigh Mayor Paul Coble (cropped).gif
Wake County Board of Commissioners
In office
2006–2014
Preceded by Herb Council
Succeeded byJohn Burns
Wake County Board of Commissioners Chairman
In office
2010–2012
Preceded by Tony Gurley
Succeeded by Joe Bryan
36th Mayor of Raleigh
In office
December 7, 1999 2001
Preceded by Tom Fetzer
Succeeded by Charles Meeker
Personal details
Born (1953-10-19) October 19, 1953 (age 67)
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Connie Kearney Coble
ResidenceRaleigh, North Carolina
Alma mater Wake Forest University
Website www.paulcobleforcongress.com

Paul Yelverton Coble (born October 19, 1953 in Raleigh, North Carolina) served one term as Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina from December 1999 to December 2001. Coble served on the Wake County Board of Commissioners from 2006 to 2014, [1] and served as Chairman of the board from 2010 to 2012. [2] In 2015, he became the Legislative Services Officer for the North Carolina General Assembly. [3]

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Early life

Coble is the son of Jack and Betsey Coble and the nephew of the late U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. He attended Needham B. Broughton High School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Wake Forest University in business. In 1992, he completed a Registered Health Underwriter designation through Northeastern University. [4]

Political career

Coble served on Raleigh City Council from 1993 to 1999. While on the Council, he served as Chairman of the Budget Committee and the Planning Committee. He also served as Mayor Pro Tem. Councilman Coble worked to cut the tax rate four times. Like his predecessor, Mayor Tom Fetzer, he was a conservative Republican.[ citation needed ] He was sworn in as Mayor on December 7, 1999 after winning the 1999 Raleigh mayoral election. [5] Coble served until 2001. During Coble's term as Mayor, the city had to rapidly respond to a record 25-inch snow storm and opened the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Coble focused on public safety issues and promoted a program to prosecute gun violence under Federal laws.

Coble ran for reelection in 2001, facing Democrat Charles Meeker. On the first ballot, with a voter turnout of about 40,000 people, Coble received 49.15% of the votes while his opponent garnered 47.65%. In the subsequent run-off election voter turnout climbed to approximately 50,000 and Meeker defeated Coble, 50.97% to 48.87% of the votes. [6] The following year, Coble ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the North Carolina State Senate against Democrat Eric Reeves. Reeves won with 49.29% of the votes to Coble's 48.39%. [7]

In 2006, Coble sought a comeback to elective office by running for an open seat on the Wake County Board of Commissioners. He handily defeated Air Force veteran Rodger Koopman 54.42% to 45.58%. [8] Coble served as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee and serves on the Wake County Fire Commission. He was re-elected to the Commission in 2010, defeating Wake County Attorney and former Wake County Democratic Party Chair Jack Nichols. Coble served as Chairman of the Commissioners for two terms, in both 2011 and 2012. In private life, Coble was in the insurance business. He is married to Connie Coble and has two daughters, Courtney and Paige.

In December 2008, Coble downplayed reports that he was considering running for Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 election, challenging Bev Perdue. [9] Instead, he later announced that he would run for the U.S. House in North Carolina's 13th congressional district, then occupied by U.S. Representative Brad Miller.

2012 Congressional Run

Coble, [10] former U.S. Attorney George E.B. Holding, [11] and 2010 nominee Bill Randall [12] ran for the Republican nomination. Former Winston-Salem city council member Vernon Robinson [13] and Nathan Tabor, who ran unsuccessfully in the 5th district in 2004, [14] had both planned to seek the Republican nomination in the 13th district in 2012, but Robinson instead ran in the 8th district, [15] while Tabor declined to run as a result of changes made to the district in redistricting. [16] On May 8, George Holding won the Republican primary with almost 44 percent of the vote. [17]

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References

  1. Quillin, Martha; Hui, T.Keung (November 4, 2014). "Wake County Commissioners: Democrats sweep four seats" . Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  2. News & Observer: Wake commissioners tap Coble
  3. WRAL.com
  4. "Paul Coble is newest General Assembly Employee". The Locker Room. 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  5. "History of Raleigh". City of Raleigh. February 16, 2018. Archived from the original on March 5, 2018. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  6. Specht, Paul A.; Bennett, Abbie (October 15, 2017). "Charles Francis calls for runoff against Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane". The News & Observer.
  7. Wake County Board of elections 2002 results Archived 2011-11-13 at the Wayback Machine
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2011-10-18.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. Coble: Stop the Madness Archived 2012-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  10. Miller, Joshua (July 28, 2011). "North Carolina County Commissioner Jumps Into Race". Roll Call . Retrieved July 29, 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. "Holding to run for Miller's seat". The News & Observer . July 13, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2012.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  13. "Vernon Robinson says he'll run for Congress again". The News & Observer . July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 7, 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. Bonner, Lynn (July 7, 2011). "Kernersville man seeks to unseat Miller". The News & Observer . Retrieved July 7, 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. "Vernon Robinson on the move". The News & Observer . August 15, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. Miller, Joshua (July 21, 2011). "Between the Lines: New N.C. Map Also Displaces Some Candidates". Roll Call . Retrieved February 18, 2012.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. News & Observer: U.S. House, District 13: Holding defeats Coble in GOP primary
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Fetzer
Mayor of Raleigh
1999 2001
Succeeded by
Charles Meeker
Preceded by
Herb Council
Wake County Board of Commissioners
2006 2014
Succeeded by
John Burns