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Raleigh council member Crowder to resign to battle cancer

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Thomas Crowder gets a standing ovation Tuesday at the Raleigh City Council Thomas Crowder gets a standing ovation Tuesday at the Raleigh City Council
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A Raleigh City Council meeting took an emotional turn Tuesday when Thomas Crowder, a Raleigh native, and longtime Council member, announced his testicular cancer was incurable and he expected to resign from the council.

Crowder's dramatic announcement was greeting by swift action. The crowd and council gave him a standing ovation for his six terms in office representing District D, which is southwest Raleigh.

Council member John Odom resigned as Mayor Pro Tem and made a motion that Crowder be named Mayor Pro Tem instead. The vote was unanimous.

Crowder asked that his wife replace him and serve the remainder of his term. The council will consider that at its next meeting Sept. 16.

In a statement, Crowder said, "Friends and citizens, last year I announced that I had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. At that time my physicians anticipated a positive prognosis. I underwent extensive medical treatment that has, unfortunately, been unsuccessful. We have now exhausted all of my options for a cure.

"My current status suggests I may not be able to complete my sixth term on the Raleigh City Council. But I intend to continue serving the citizens of District D and Raleigh as long as my health allows.

"I have informed Mayor McFarlane and my fellow councilors of my condition and respectfully requested that --- when I must resign --- they appoint my wife, Kay Crowder, to serve out the remainder of my term."

Crowder called Kay Crowder a "life partner" who has been closely connected to the decisions he has made on the council.

He had served on the Planning Commission before winning election to the City Council.

Crowder is an architect who has lived in Raleigh all his life.



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