Durham News

10 vie for Durham County commissioner seats

Durham County voters will have 10 candidates to chose from in the March Democratic primary for the Board of County Commissioners election.

All five incumbents are seeking re-election.

Fred Foster, a U.S. Army Reserve veteran and former president of the Durham NAACP, is seeking his second term. Brenda Howerton, owner of Howerton Consulting, is seeking her third term. Wendy Jacobs, a former educator who taught in the Durham and Caswell County public schools and a former project manager for conservation real estate company Unique Places, is seeking her second term. Michael Page, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church who has worked for Durham County Mental Health and Durham Social Services, is seeking his fourth term. Ellen Reckhow, a former city planner, has served on the commission since 1998.

Durham Public Schools Board of Education Chair Heidi Carter has also filed to run in the county commissioner race. Carter, a 12-year member of the school board, currently represents the school district’s Consolidated District B. That seat is also up for election this year.

Tara Fikes, a former director of Housing and Community Development in Orange County; James Hill; Elaine Hyman, a former Durham County Human Resources Department director; and Glyndola Massenburg-Beasley, president and CEO of Durham Regional Financial Center; are also running 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.

Board of Education

Voters will vote on three of seven Durham Public Schools 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, who has served on the board since 2004, will run unopposed for the re-election to Consolidated District A. Forte-Brown is a retired communications specialist and master teacher formerly in the Department of English and Mass Communications at N. C. Central University.

Xavier Cason, a retired teacher who taught band, chorus and music at N.C. Central University and Durham Public Schools, will run unopposed for the Consolidated District B seat.

Steve Unruhe, a retired educator, and Frederick Ravin, a computer systems coordinator for the city of Durham, will vie for the at-large seat currently held by Leigh Bordley, who is notseeking re-election.

School board members serve 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. The Register of Deeds serves a four-year term.

N.C. Senate District 22

Incumbent Mike Woodard (D-Durham) filed to run for re-election. 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

Incumbent Larry Hall (D-Durham) is unopposed.

N.C. House of Representatives District 30

Incumbent Paul Luebke (D-Durham) is unopposed.

N.C. House of Representatives District 31

Incumbent Mickey Michaux, Jr. (D-Durham ) is unopposed.

N.C. House of Representatives District 50

Incumbent Graig Meyer (D-Chapel Hill) will face challenger Rod Chaney (R-Hillsborough).

N.C. District 14 Court Judge

Incumbent William “Drew” Marsh III will face challenger Shamieka LaCher Rhinehart. Judges serve four-year terms.

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges

How Do I Register to vote?

You must complete a Voter Registration Application and mail or deliver to the elections office at least 25 days prior to an election. A Voter's Information Card will be mailed to you once your registration application has been processed. This card provides your proof of registration and also provides useful information as to your precinct number and polling location. The card also displays what jurisdictions you vote in. Please retain this card as it may be used to change your address by mail should you move, change your name or change your party affiliation within Durham County. It can also be used to cancel your Durham County registration should you move out of the county. This card is not required on election day in order to vote.

Durham County has a permanent registration system. 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.

▪ A registration application/change form must be postmarked or delivered to the Board of Elections 25 days prior to an election in order to be valid for that election.

Source: Durham County Board of Elections