Vice Mayor Barbara McRae
Barbara Sears McRae grew up in an Air Force family. She graduated from St. Louis University with a biology degree, but went to work for IBM as a systems engineer in Atlanta, Georgia, during the 1960s. She married an artist, Jim McRae, and they moved to Franklin, North Carolina, in 1973. She worked for The Franklin Press as a reporter and then for Nantahala Power & Light/Duke Power in corporate communications/marketing. After retiring from Duke in 2003, she became editor of The Franklin Press, continuing in that position for ten years before retiring again.
McRae writes regular columns on local history and natural history for The Press and works on other writing and publishing projects as time permits. She has a great interest in art, which was nurtured during her long marriage to the artist Jim McRae. After his death in 2010, she established an endowment in his memory to support the visual arts in Macon County and is also engaged in promoting and conserving Jim McRae’s considerable body of work.
As Vice Mayor, she is particularly interested in community building and revitalization, historic preservation, and enhancements to the town that improve the lives of children and families.