Duham Committee on the Affairs of Black People
President: Hillary Clinton
U.S. Senate: Chris Rey
Governor: Kenneth B. Spaulding, Durham native
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In other statewide races, the the Committee endorsed Linda Coleman for lieutenant governor, Josh Stein for attorney general, Charles Meeker for N.C. commissioner of labor, June Atkinson for reelection as state superintendent of public instruction, and Dan Blue III for state treasurer.
Durham County Board of Commissioners (5 seats open): Incumbents Brenda Howerton, Michael D. Page and Fred Foster, Jr., along with Glyndola Massenburg-Beasley, who is making her first run for public office.
For Register of Deeds: Sharon Davis, who has worked in the Register of Deeds office for 26 years. She is seeking the position being vacated by current Register of Deeds Willie Covington.
Board of Education: Frederick X. Ravin III for the at-large seat, along with Minnie Forte-Brown who is running unopposed for the Consolidated District A seat, and Xavier Cason, who is running unopposed for the Consolidated District B seat.
Pete Glidewell received the endorsement for the U.S. 6th Congressional District seat, and John P. McNieil was endorsed for the seat in the U.S. 13th Congressional District.
The group also recommended voting “For” the Connect NC Public Improvement Bond which will be on the ballot.
The Friends of Durham
Durham County Board of Commissioners: Incumbents Fred Foster, Brenda Howerton, Wendy Jacobs, Michael Page and Ellen Reckhow
While their challengers were solid aspirants, they did not rise to a sufficient level to recommend replacing one of the incumbents.
Fred Foster has been a compelling advocate of fiscal integrity, the county manager’s accountability program and increasing the tax base. He has fought hard to see that our education dollars produce measureable results. He has impressed us with his knowledge and initiatives to help those in our criminal justice system.
Wendy Jacob has been in the forefront of the Mayor’s Poverty Initiative, the Joint City County Planning Committee and the Sports Commission proposal, as well as supporting increasing the tax base. She has shown herself to be open to a diversity of views and to work with varied groups for the betterment of Durham.
Brenda Howerton, Michael Page and Ellen Reckhow have served on the Board for many years and have vast knowledge about the county and its workings. They along with Fred Foster and Wendy Jacobs made a wise decision in hiring new County Manager and supporting his Accountability program.
Brenda Howerton has demonstrated strength and critical thinking in job creation, public safety and improving education, especially in bridging the digital divide so all Durham can have technology access. She is First Vice President of the NC County Commissioners Association. She led adaptive reuse incentives for projects such as the Durham Innovation District and Chesterfield and expansions in the Treyburn Industrial Park.
Michael Page has worked diligently to enhance the collegiality of the County Commissioners, acting as Chair for the past three years. He has ably served on Commission since 2004 and previously was a member of the Durham County Board of Education. His focus on collaboration with the Board of Education and DPS illustrated his dynamic leadership.
Ellen Reckhow has helped to preserve the County’s Triple A bond rating and has supported Managing for Results to promote accountability in County government. She is justifiably proud of her work to create a public-private partnership in East Durham to develop an industrial park. Ellen Reckhow has been an outstanding member of the Board of Commissioners since 1988.
The Friends carefully considered Heidi Carter. She is creative, dedicated and hardworking, but the approach of the Board of Education, of which she has been Chair, toward working with the County Commissioners has dismayed and disappointed the Friends.
Board of Education: Steve Unruhe (at-large), Minnie Forte Brown (Consolidated District A) and Xavier Carson (Consolidated District B)
For the Board of Education, incumbent Minnie Forte-Brown and Xavier Carson are unopposed. In the BOE At-Large race, the Friends endorse Steve Unruhe who demonstrated in-depth knowledge and a focus on the classrooms. Further he is a veteran classroom teacher, who has just retired.
Register of Deeds: Sharon Davis
For the County Register of Deeds, we endorse Sharon A. Davis. She has served in the Register’s office for 26 years and has been Chief Assistant Register of Deeds since 2006. Sharon Davis has been instrumental in bringing the Register’s office into the 21st Century.
People’s Alliance PAC
Over 200 members of the People’s Alliance Political Action Committee (PA PAC) met recently to endorse candidates for the March 15 primary.
President: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
U.S Senate: Former state Rep. Deborah Ross. She is a strong and effective advocate for public education, consumer protection, ending big money in politics, and a decent minimum wage.
Governor: Current three-term Attorney General Roy Cooper. A solid progressive, Cooper is a dedicated public servant who will support public education, voter and civil rights, consumer protection and the environment.
Lieutenant governor: Former state representative and Wake County commissioner Linda Coleman. Coleman supports promoting economic development through an educated workforce, non-partisan redistricting, Medicaid expansion and environmental protection.
For Durham County Board of Commissioners, PA PAC endorses:
Elaine Hyman, a solid progressive and current vice chair of the City-County Planning Commission. She is committed to combating poverty and has promoted thoughtful growth and fully funded public schools.
Heidi Carter, a current school board member and a strong advocate for affordable housing. She is committed to an effective partnership between county government and Durham Public Schools.
James Hill, Jr., a member of the Human Relations Commission and an advocate for affordable housing, an end to the school-to-prison pipeline, and expansion of pre-K education.
Wendy Jacobs, an incumbent commissioner and former school teacher. She is a thoughtful leader dedicated to our schools, neighborhood and environment. She will continue to work to advance affordable housing, improve our public schools and remove barriers to employment.
Ellen Reckhow, an incumbent commissioner and champion for safe neighborhoods, sustainable development and accountable government. She will work to reduce the opportunity gap, create and preserve affordable housing, and improve services for the mentally ill.
For NC Council of State, PA PAC supports Josh Stein for Attorney General, Charles Meeker for Commissioner of Labor, June Atkinson for Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Dan Blue III for State Treasurer.
In addition, PA PAC supports Sharon Davis for Register of Deeds.
Board of Education: Steve Unruhe (At Large), Minnie Forte-Brown (A), and Xavier Cason (B).
PA PAC endorses the $2 billion “Connect NC” bond issue to improve education facilities, invest in our state parks and upgrade our critical water and sewer infrastructure.
Compiled from announcements provided by the groups.