Clement endorses Mattioli

"No qualms," he says
Sep. 11, 2013 @ 12:53 PM

City Council Ward 2 candidate Del Mattioli picked up an endorsement this week from the incumbent she hopes to succeeed, Howard Clement.

Mattioli's campaign announced the move via a news release emailed to reporters on Tuesday evening. It quoted Clement as saying Mattioli "brings to the table intelligence, integrity, truthfulness and a willingness to serve."

"I have no qualms in supporting her candidacy," Clement said.

The endorsement followed the disclosure on Mattioli's recent campaign-finance report to the Durham County Board of Elections that Clement's wife, Annie Jones-Clement, had given $100 to her campaign.

Mattioli is one of four candidates vying for the Ward 2 seat. An Oct. 8 primary will winnow the field to two for November's general election.

The other candidates are Omar Beasley, Eddie Davis and Franklin Hanes.

Clement's endorsement is the first Mattioli has received. Beasley has picked up major-interest-group backing from the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People and the Friends of Durham. Davis has support from the People's Alliance.

Clement is stepping down this winter after 30 years of service on the council.