List of Mayors of Fayetteville, North Carolina

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The office of the Mayor of Fayetteville, North Carolina, currently held by Mitch Colvin since 2017, is the chief legislator of the city of Fayetteville, though as a first among equals, as Fayetteville is a Council-Manager city.

The Mayor of Fayetteville is elected for a two-year term.[1] The city's mayoral and municipal election are held during off-years. The mayoral election is nonpartisan.

The Story of Fayetteville and the Upper Cape Fear

All twelve consecutive Mayors who have held office since 1961 have signed a copy of "The Story of Fayetteville and the Upper Cape Fear."[2] The book, which was published in 1950, was written by John Oates.[2]

Mayors of Fayetteville since 1961

Mayor Term Begins Term Ends Political party Notes
Robert Butler 1961 1963 Democratic Party
Wilber Clark 1963 1965 Democratic Party
Monroe Evans 1965 1969 Democratic Party First Jewish mayor of Fayetteville[3] [3]
Charles B.C. Holt 1969 1971 Democratic Party
Jack Lee 1971 1975 Republican Party First Republican mayor during the 20th Century[4]
Beth Finch 1975 1981 Democratic Party First woman to serve as Mayor of Fayetteville[3]
Bill Hurley 1981 1987 Democratic Party
J.L. Dawkins 1987 May 30, 2000[3] Died in office on May 30, 2000[3] Longest serving mayor in city history.[5]
Milo McBryde August 21, 2000[6] December 3, 2001 Appointed Mayor in August 2000 to serve the remainder of Dawkins' unexpired term.[7] Defeated for re-election on November 6, 2001.[7]
Marshall Pitts Jr. December 3, 2001[8] December 2005 Democratic Party First African-American mayor of Fayetteville.[7] Defeated for re-election in November 2005.[9]
Tony Chavonne December 2005 December 2, 2013[1] Democratic Party
Nat Robertson December 2, 2013[1] December 4, 2017 Republican Party
Mitch Colvin December 4, 2017 Incumbent [1] Democratic Party

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Nat Roberston sworn-in as Fayetteville mayor". Time Warner Cable News North Carolina. 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Inside Politics: Cumberland delegation works together". Fayetteville Observer. December 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-06-14. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Milestone 1955-2004". Cumberland County Public Library. 2004. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  4. ^ Jacobs, Chick (2014-06-11). "Former Fayetteville mayor, Jackson Lee, dies". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  5. ^ Buscher, Melissa (1998-09-17). "Granddaughter Inspires Fayetteville Mayor in Non-Political Fight". WRAL-TV. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  6. ^ "McBryde Voted As New Fayetteville Mayor". WRAL-TV. 2000-08-21. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  7. ^ a b c "Mayor-elect Wants To Develop North Carolina City's Assets". Associated Press. Reading Eagle. 2001-11-23. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  8. ^ Williams, Mike (2001-12-06). "Two alumni win mayoral elections". Campus Echo. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
  9. ^ "Durham's Bell Elected To Third Term As Mayor; Pitts Loses In Fayetteville". WRAL-TV. 2005-11-08. Retrieved 2014-06-13. 
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