DURHAM — The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People has joined the generally conservative Friends of Durham by endorsing independent Omar Beasley for the Board of County Commissioners.
Incumbent commissioners Brenda Howerton and Michael Page, both Democrats, also won Committee endorsements in the six-candidate race for the five county board seats. The three now have support from two of Durham’s three major political action committees.
The Friends of Durham also endorsed incumbent Ellen Reckhow and environmental consultant Wendy Jacobs for commissioner. The third major PAC, Durham People’s Alliance, endorsed Reckhow, Jacobs and Fred Foster, head of the Durham NAACP branch.
The Durham Committee held its endorsement meeting Saturday. Other endorsements included incumbent Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson, who also won the Friends’ support over challenger James Dornfried, an assistant district attorney favored by the People’s Alliance.
Incumbent state Sen. Floyd McKissick and City Councilman Mike Woodard, running for the new Senate District 22 seat, won Committee endorsement, along with Orange County Commissioner Valerie Foushee in House District 50.