The Friends of Durham announced its endorsements this week for the Durham City Council fall elections.
▪ Mayoral Race
William V. “Bill” Bell (incumbent): While there are issues that continue to plague our city, under the leadership of Mayor Bell, Durham has enjoyed a period of stability and good governance in partnership with a solid city administrative team. We want that to continue through his remaining years in office.
▪ At Large City Council seats:
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We have endorsed three candidates who have been engaged in/on civic boards, commissions and authorities that serve this community, a quality that we highly value. These experiences will help in continuing the good work that the Mayor and sitting Council have achieved.
Steve Schewel (incumbent): In his tenure on the Council, Mr. Schewel has been prepared, knowledgeable and responsive to citizens.
Ricky Hart: As Chair of the Human Relations Commission, Mr. Hart led the group through a tough and tense period involving the Durham Police Department and the community. We would like to see those leadership skills on the City Council.
Michael “Mike” Shiflett: For over 30 years, Mike has been actively involved in a wide array of community organizations, including chairing the InterNeighborhood Council and the recent Durham-wide “Night Out” activities. These experiences and broad knowledge of Durham will serve him and our city well on the Council.
While there were other good candidates, these four have the most experience and the longest tenure in Durham. We feel that they understand our community well and will make the best decisions to continue moving Durham forward.
The Friends of Durham is a coalition of individuals whose main focus is to elect the best possible candidates who, in our opinion, will make Durham a great place to do business, create good jobs for our citizens and provide a good quality of life for all Durham residents. Our focus is strictly local.