Mike Lee is thoughtful and patient. He builds consensus: As the leader of a progressive school board, Mike understands that the team will not always agree and he is comfortable with debate. Whether he is working with his school board colleagues, teachers and staff, or kids and parents, Mike really listens. As the father of three DPS students, he is empathic with the issues and needs facing parents and students. He can synthesize information to lead inclusive decision-making forward. In the end, Mike’s eye is always on student welfare and student progress.
Coming from a business background, Mike has a strong understanding of finance, operations, and human resources. He is well versed in technology. His finance skills are important to helping manage the budget and when advocating to the County Commissioners for funding.
Mike has a strong race equity lens: Mike supports and advocates for ongoing professional development for teachers and staff. He recognizes that everyone has unique strengths and will continue to advocate for students for the next four years.
Mike Lee is a steady and effective advocate for Durham Public Schools. As school board chair, he successfully convinced the state that Durham solutions are best for Durham education challenges. He knows our schools, he knows our children, and he knows our community. I am voting to send Mike Lee back to the school board.
I'm supporting Matt Sears for re-election. As a public school parent I've watched up close as Matt and his family has fully embraced public schools. Matt's oldest attends Lakewood Elementary. This neighborhood school was their FIRST and only choice. Matt and Ellen have provided leadership to other parents at Lakewood and helped to grow leadership.
As a school board member Matt brings an innovation lens to his work. In a previous professional position Matt was able to travel the state and the nation to learn about best practice and ideas that lead to real success. As a member of the board he can assist the Superintendent as he learns to lead in Durham. Matt is a former teacher so he fully understands the challenges of the job and is there for teachers but also recognizes that we need not only to support but to transform our schools in Durham.
I proudly serve alongside Matt on the Lakewood PTA and I endorse his continued leadership in Durham.
Durham PTA Parent
Natalie Beyer supports and empowers educators. During her career as a DPS Board Member she has visited my school at the request of staff to hear our concerns and help resolve issues. For example, she met with us when we were concerned about the amount of time the district was using for mandatory trainings on early release days, rather than protecting the time for teachers to utilize at their school for collaborations within their learning teams. She listened to our concerns, helped us figure out the best way to a solution, and the following year the majority of our early release days were protected. On another occasion, she met with distressed staff about our school-based administration. Again, she listened, helped us determine possible solutions, and worked with us through the next steps. Natalie understands that Durham needs to attract, recruit and prepare highly-qualified teachers. As a result, she partners with teacher preparatory programs, such as Duke’s Program in Education. Natalie is a public education advocate and makes sure to attend public events and raise awareness about the issues that public schools are facing in North Carolina. As an educator in Durham, I am casting my vote, without hesitation, for Natalie!
Mika Hunter Twietmeyer
“I have spent thirty-seven years litigating cases as an advocate in the criminal justice system, representing death row inmates and advocating for criminal justice reform, racial justice and the abolition of the death penalty. I am writing to ask you to join me in supporting Satana Deberry for District Attorney in Durham, County.”
“I believe that our criminal justice system is broken; the United States is responsible for nearly 25% of the world’s prisoners and a grossly disproportionate share of our country's inmates are people of color. In Durham, our jail and courtrooms are filled with Black and Brown people. Our prosecutors continue to employ many of the same punitive tactics that have failed for decades including harsh and punitive sentencing, high bonds, cash bail, and maximum charges to induce plea bargains.”
“Satana has had experience inside the criminal justice system as a criminal defense attorney and has had wide exposure to the problems defendants and victims face daily. Equally important, she has dedicated her career to addressing the issues that plague the lives of poor and oppressed people in our county: lack of adequate housing, poverty, abuse and neglect, addictions and mental illness.”
“If elected, I believe Satana will argue for reduced bonds, seek to eliminate cash bail, and reduce or dismiss charges where severe punishment such as incarceration is unwarranted. She will not declare cases death-eligible or automatically seek the highest penalty for a particular crime. She will institute practices within the office of district attorney that are data-driven and reduce racial, class, and gender bias. She will be more transparent in her practices by collecting data about whom we are jailing and prosecuting and the results of those prosecutions.”
Join Ken Rose and PA PAC in voting for Satana Deberry for Durham DA!