On Monday January 8, People's Alliance PAC will meet to decide which candidate, if any, PA PAC members will endorse for appointment to the Durham City Council (to fill the vacancy created by Steve Schewel’s election to the office of Mayor of Durham). The appointment decision will be made by the Durham City Council. PA PAC will post candidate responses to questionnaires on the PAC webpage when they become available.
RSVP for the endorsement meeting here
If you are a 2017 PA member but have not renewed for 2018, you must renew your PA membership to attend the meeting and vote. You can renew your membership at the door, but we strongly recommend renewing online in advance.
If you have joined PA for the first time after December 10, 2017, thirty days before the endorsement meeting, you may attend the endorsement meeting but will not be able to vote.
Yesterday was a big step towards a better Durham. Steve Schewel will be the next mayor of Durham. He’ll be joined by DeDreana Freeman and Vernetta Alston on City Council.
People’s Alliance PAC would like to thank John Rooks, Jr. and congratulate him on a strong campaign in the Ward 2 race. We know that John will continue to raise important issues and engage the people in Ward 2 and across the city that helped him secure the People’s Alliance PAC endorsement. We look forward to see what he will take on next.
People’s Alliance PAC would also like to congratulate Mark-Anthony Middleton for his successful race. We know that Mark is committed to Durham’s future, and we look forward to seeing his campaign commitments in action.
Complete election results are available here
You made your voice heard. Developers and real estate interests poured big money into Durham in an attempt to put us on a path towards rising rents and too many of our neighbors getting pushed out of their homes. It didn’t work. You stood up for PA’s values-- affordable housing, living wage jobs, equal rights for all, racial equity and a healthy environment.
Let’s take a moment to remember how we got this far. Yesterday, over 60 volunteers worked across the city to tell voters why Steve, DeDreana, John and Vernetta were the best team for Durham. During the primary and general elections, over 150 people worked with PA PAC to elect our endorsed candidates. In all, We sent our endorsement mailer to over 50,000 voters. Twice. We passed out over 30,000 sample ballots.
This was a campaign of hard choices between great candidates. As we celebrate, let’s also take a moment to thank all of the candidates for their service, their commitment and their continued work for the public interest. They are our friends and neighbors and they put themselves into the public spotlight to share their vision for the city. We are better for it.
Now we need to get to work. City council will appoint a new council member to replace the at-large seat vacated by Steve Schewel. PA PAC will notify members about that process in the coming weeks. We also need to stay engaged and hold this council accountable.
Thank you for your support and your hard to work to keep Durham progressive.
By Lorisa Seibel
DeDreana Freeman is the neighborhood leader who will serve all of Durham. If you have ever worked with a volunteer
led group, then you know how important it is to have volunteer leaders who do what they say they will do. DeDreana Freeman is one of those extraordinary leaders. I met DeDreana Freeman ten years ago at her home in the Golden Belt neighborhood. I was impressed by her energy and vision for all people to live well in her neighborhood, East Durham, and Durham. Today, a decade later, I am even more impressed with DeDreana’ s accomplishments.
Providing housing for lowerincome families has been my life’s work and I know something about the issue. Some folks just wring their hands and talk about Durham’s affordable housing problem. DeDreana is more than talk – she’s doing something about it. From her seat on the lanning ommission, DeDreana has pushed reluctant developers to make significant financial commitments for affordable housing. She uses her position on the commission as a pulpit to demand equity in development issues. At a time when expansion and development are foremost in Durham, I want a person on council who understands complex planning and zoning issues. DeDreana will be a strong voice to guide growth to benefit all of Durham.