Six candidates current have filed to run in the 2016 Board of County Commissioners election.
As of Monday morning, incumbents Fred Foster, Brenda Howerton, Wendy Jacobs and Ellen Reckhow 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. Elaine Hyman also filed to run in the race.
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
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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. Xavier Cason filed to run for Consolidated District B.
Steve 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. House of Representatives District 31
Mickey Michaux, Jr. (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 “Drew” Marsh, III, who has also filed to run for re-election. Judges hold four-year terms.
Feedback sought on police chief search
Durham residents have two options to provide input on what kind of police chief they would like the city to hire to replace Jose Lopez.
Residents can attend a public forum and provide input directly to Development Associates, the agency hired to assist the city in the search. The first forum will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St. A second forum for Spanish speakers will be held at 5:45 p.m. on Dec. 15 at El Centro Hispano, 600 E. Main St.
Residents can also provide feedback by visiting nando.com/search , a website created to collect input.
City Manager Tom Bonfield has said the recruitment process is expected to take four months and that he hopes to make an offer in early April.