Durham City Councilwoman Cora Cole-McFadden called 911 on Thursday after she said two men in a car behind her harassed her as she drove to a council meeting.
Cole-McFadden, who is black, told council members she was about 30 minutes late after two white individuals “tried to run up on her car” on Blackwell Street.
“Twice,” said Cole-McFadden, who said the men pulled their car close to hers.
Her daughter advised her to go home and remove the Clinton-Kaine sticker from her car, which she did.
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“Because there are some very strange people in this city right now,” she said. “Their behavior is strange, anyway.”
Earlier Thursday, Downtown Durham Inc. ambassadors removed two instances of graffiti that showed up Wednesday, including one that said, “Black Lives Don’t Matter and neither does your votes.”
Cole-McFadden left the City Council meeting after a few minutes Thursday afternoon and later, through a messenger, indicated she wouldn’t be able to return.
Victory leaves vacancy
Holly Springs councilwoman Linda Hunt Williams will soon move from the Town Council to the state legislature after winning the N.C. House District 37 seat Tuesday. Williams, a Republican, defeated Democratic candidate Randy Barrow, a teacher at Fuquay-Varina High School, and Libertarian candidate Robert Rose with 52.33 percent of the votes.
Williams’ move to the state legislature will leave a vacancy that the Holly Springs Town Council will need to fill in the coming months. She was first elected to the Town Council in 2009 and was re-elected in 2013.
Mayor Dick Sears said the council likely will appoint a replacement in December to serve the rest of Williams’ four-year term, which ends next year. The town already has four applicants interested in the seat. Traditionally, Sears said, the person selected to fill a seat on the council comes from the town’s planning board.
“But that’s not absolute,” he said.
Williams will bring a new face to the District 37 seat, which has been occupied since 2001 by House Speaker Pro Tempore Paul “Skip” Stam. The Apex Republican didn’t seek a ninth term.
“I feel great,” Williams said the day after the election. “It was a good campaign. It was solid, and it was a positive campaign. We stuck to the issues, and that was the most important thing.”
▪ Brad Crone, president of Campaign Connections, will give a post-election review to the Wake Democratic Men’s Club on Monday at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 320 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Dinner is $20 for members, $23 for non-members.
▪ Lisa Levine, program director for Alzheimer’s NC, will speak to the Wake Senior Democrats on Wednesday at Golden Corral, 6129 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. The meeting starts at 11 a.m. with lunch, followed by the program at 11:30 a.m.
Compiled by staff writers Virginia Bridges and Kathryn Trogdon
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