Candidates for the City Council’s three open seats have raised about $128,000 and spent nearly $50,000 heading into the October primary.
Council challenger Charlie Reece leads the pack, raising over $35,000 so far.
Those vying for mayor, in contrast, have raised only about $1,500 and spent about $2,000, according to campaign finance reports on donations and money spent from Jan. 1 through Aug. 25.
Ten candidates have filed to run for City Council. Eight filed campaign finance reports. Juan Alva will be on the ballot but has withdrawn from the race, said Michael Perry, director of the Durham County Board of Elections
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Candidates who don’t plan to raise or spend more than $1,000 file reports that exempts them from other campaign finance reports. City Council candidate John Tarantino filed such a report.
Four candidates have filed to run for mayor. Three filed campaign finance reports. As of last week, John Everett hadn’t filed a threshold report nor a campaign finance report, Perry said.
Early voting for the Oct. 6 primary begins Sept. 24 and ends Oct. 3. The primary narrows the mayoral candidates from four to two and the council candidates from 10 to 6.
The general election will be held Nov. 3.
▪ Incumbent Mayor Bill Bell, executive vice president and chief operating officer of UDI Community Development Corp., has raised $968.57 this reporting period and total this election cycle.
Significant donations include $943.57 from Farad Ali, a former City Council member and business consultant.
Bell, who is seeking his eighth term, has spent $1,450.53 this reporting period and election cycle, leaving him with $8,571.70 cash on hand this reporting period. That includes money from previous campaigns.
▪ Tammy Lightfoot, a personnel manager at Walmart in Morrisville, has raised $242.91 this reporting period and total this election cycle. She has spent the same amount, leaving her campaign with $20.
▪ James Lyons, an employee with Time Warner Cable, has raised $190 this election cycle and $305 total, according to two reports he has filed this election season. He spent $234.10 this election cycle, $249.10 total, leaving his campaign with $112.41.
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▪ Charlie Reece, an attorney who serves as general counsel for Rho pharmaceutical research company, raised $32,899.64 this reporting period and $35,095.52 this election cycle.
Significant donations include $2,500 from Wendy Greene of Chapel Hill; $2,613.12 of cash and in-kind contributions from Mary Helms of Marathon, Florida, who is retired; $2,500 from Ronald Helms of Marathon, who is retired; and $2,500 from Russ Helms of Chapel Hill, a Rho executive.
Reece spent $11,223.45 this reporting period and $11,429.33 over the entire election cycle, leaving his campaign with $23,666.19.
▪ Jillian Johnson, director of operations for the Durham-based nonprofit Southern Vision Alliance, raised $24,752 this reporting period and $24,782.93 total this election cycle.
Significant denotations include campaign include $5,000 from Viola Glenn of Durham, an N.C. State graduate student; and $5,000 from Michelle Garst of Durham, a program manager at UNC.
Johnson spent $8,482.77 this reporting period and $8.513.70 total this election cycle, leaving her campaign with $16,369.23.
▪ Philip Azar, a former corporate attorney who now develops rental properties, has raised $10,190 this reporting period and $21,741 this election cycle.
Significant donations include $2,500 from Michael Herringshaw, of Collierville, Tennessee, who is a supply chain executive at Medtronic; $500 donation from Blair Kendall of Durham, who listed his employer as Gehrlicher Solar at M+G Group; and a $500 donation from Christine Richards of Arlington, Tennessee, an attorney with FedEx.
Azar has spent $11,356.20 this reporting period and $14,346.20 total this election cycle, leaving his campaign with $7,394.80 cash on hand.
▪ Robert Stephens, director of Alumni Teacher Leadership for Teach for America Eastern North Carolina, raised $17,848.14 this reporting period and $18,054.05 total this election cycle.
Much of Stephens donations came from out-of-town donors. Significant donations include $1,892 from Brian Davis of Mechanicsville, Virginia, a data analyst with ALCS; and $5,100 from Leadership for Educational Equity, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization.
Stephens has spent $4,394.40 this reporting period and $4,600.28 total, leaving his campaign with $13,453.77 cash on hand.
▪ Incumbent Steve Schewel, an assistant professor of public policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, raised $14,508 this reporting period and during the total election cycle.
Significant donors include $1,000 from Elliot Schewel of Lynchburg, Virginia, who is retired; and $500 from Barker French of Durham, who is retired.
Schewel spent $3,663 this reporting period and total, leaving his campaign with $15,040.24.
▪ Michael Shiflett, owner of a Durham-based medical laboratory equipment company American LAbor/LAB ACM, raised $10,242.76 this reporting period and $10,548.64 total during this election cycle.
Significant donations include $500 from Ian Pond of Durham, who lists his profession as a Delivery Agent with Delivery Agent. Inc
Shiflett spent $5,685.36 this reporting period and $5,891.24 total this election cycle, leaving his campaign with $4,657.40 cash on hand.
▪ Ricky Hart, a case worker for Orange County Child Support Services, raised $1,771.14 this reporting season and $2002.02 total this election cycle.
Hart has spent $738.65 this reporting season and $944.53 this election cycle, leaving his campaign with $1,054.49 cash on hand.
▪ Sandra Davis, a mental health professional, has raised $250 this reporting period and $555.88 total this election cycle.
Davis has spent $295 this reporting period and $500.88 this election cycle, leaving her campaign with $55 cash on hand.
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You need to register or request a change in your registration only if you:
▪ Have not registered in Durham County before.
▪ Have moved within the county since the last election. It is a violation of the law to vote in your old precinct if you moved more than 30 days prior to the election.
▪ Wish to change your party affiliation or have legally changed your name.
Source: Durham County Board of Elections