Three incumbent commissioners and one current school board member have filed to run in the 2016 Board of County Commissioners election.
As of Thursday morning, incumbents Brenda Howerton, Fred Foster and Wendy Jacobs had filed to run for re-election. In addition, Durham Public Schools Board of Education Chair Heidi Carter had filed to run in the county commissioner race. Carter currently represents the school district’s Consolidated District B, which is also up for election this year.
Voters will vote on all five commissioner seats in the partisan race. Primaries for partisan races will be held March 15, and the general election will be held Nov. 8. Elections for non-partisan races will be held March 15. Candidates have to file by noon Dec. 21.
Board of Education
Voters will vote on three of seven DPS Board of Education seats. The non-partisan election for Consolidated District A, Consolidated District B and at-large seat will be held March 15.
Minnie Forte-Brown filed to run for re-election of Consolidated District A.
Steven Unruhe filed to run for the at-large seat currently held by Leigh Bordley.
School board members hold four-year terms.
Register of Deeds
Sharon Davis and Wayland Burton filed to run in the partisan race for the Durham County Register of Deeds. Current Register of Deeds Willie L. Covington plans to retire on May 31. Register of Deeds serves four-year terms.
N.C. Senate District 22
Incumbent Mike Woodard (D-Durham) filed to run for re-election to the Senate seat. Republican challenger Greg Doucette of Durham is also seeking the seat. Members of the General Assembly serve two-years terms.
N.C. House of Representatives District 29
Larry Hall (D-Durham) filed to run for re-election to the House seat.
N.C. House of Representatives District 30
Paul Luebke (D-Durham) filed to run for re-election of the House seat.
N.C. District 14 Court Judge
Shamieka LaCher Rhinehart filed to run for the District Court 14 seat currently held by William A. Marsh, III. Judges hold four-year terms.
City Council members to be sworn in
The Durham City Council plans to install its recently elected members at its 7 p.m. meeting Monday. Mayor Bill Bell and City Council Members Steve Schewel, Jillian Johnson and Charlie Reece will be sworn in at a ceremony in Durham City Hall Council Chambers.
Bell will be sworn in his for his eighth and final term. Schewel will serve his second term on the council as an at-large member. Johnson and Reece, also at large members, are new to the council. At-large incumbents, Diane Catotti and Eugene Brown, decided not to run again. There last meeting was Nov. 19.
The mayor serves a two-year term and is paid an annual salary of $25,084. City Council members serve a four-year term and are paid an annual salary of $21,308.