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We hear that Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker will propose changing city government to give mayors more authority.

He wants Raleigh to abandon its long-time “strong city manager” government and replace it with a “strong mayor” system.

Sounds great. Many Meeker supporters will like it. But beware the Law of Unintended Consequences. We might get Strong Mayors Fetzer or Coble.

The Mayor could be frustrated that the City Council has blocked Hillsborough Street roundabouts.

And this could become his reelection campaign theme: Raleigh needs a strong mayor to stand up to developers.

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