RALEIGH — longer have a seat on the Raleigh City Council, which meets less than a mile away.

For the first time since 1991, Raleigh voters this year elected a City Council without Republicans.

The nonpartisan council – at one time run by Republican mayors Paul Coble, nephew of the late GOP firebrand Sen. Jesse Helms, and Tom Fetzer, who later helped usher a Republican majority into the North Carolina General Assembly – now consists of five Democrats and three unaffiliated members.