Filing has now closed for the upcoming Durham City mayor and council ward seat elections. With four of seven council votes in the balance, the future of Durham is at stake in this election.
After fifteen years as mayor, Bill Bell has announced his intention to retire. Who will fill his shoes? Seven candidates filed for office. Among them, Farad Ali, Steve Schewel, and Pierce Freelon are well known, but Tracy Drinker, Shea Ramirez, and Sylvester Williams should not be discounted. Mike Johnson also filed but since has informed PA PAC that he will drop from the race. From the remaining six, who will PA PAC endorse?
From filing deadlines, to early voting for the primary and general elections, the Durham County Board of Elections schedule provides all the key dates for this year's municipal election.
2017 election schedule
The complete list of candidates that have filed for the office of mayor and wards 1, 2 and 3 city council has been posted by the Board of Elections.
The candidate list is available here