Raleigh, May 30—Olen Watson of southeast Raleigh announced his candidacy for Raleigh city council District C today. He will be seeking to replace the incumbent Corey Branch in October's city council race.
“We’ll be bold in recognizing the historically pivotal impact southeast Raleigh and all people of color have had in our city,” said Watson in announcing his candidacy. “My campaign will focus on homelessness, the disappearance of affordable housing, and the struggle between police and the public.”
Watson said his campaign theme “ONE Southeast Raleigh - Building. Community. Together" summarizes what his neighbors talk about with passion.
Watson’s campaign will hold an opening night event June 8 at Lion’s Park at 6:30 p.m. The event will provide an opportunity for neighbors to ask questions and hear responses directly from the candidate.
A former U.S. Marine, Watson, 46, received his bachelor's degree in Biblical studies from Campbell University. He taught special education in Wake County public schools and now owns his own small construction company. Watson has become increasingly involved with local nonprofit organizations and making southeast Raleigh even greater than it has ever been. In 2016, Watson made an unsuccessful bid to bring his new ideas to the General Assembly, running for election in NC House District 38.