Final day of filing produces another mayoral challenger

Jul. 19, 2013 @ 09:29 PM

Voters in this fall’s city election have two primaries to deal with in October, one to set the field for mayor and the other to winnow candidates for the Ward 2 City Council seat.

The final day of filing on Friday produced only one new candidate: business consultant Michael Valentine, who filed to run against incumbent Bill Bell and fellow challenger Sylvester Williams.

Valentine declined to comment Friday on the reasons for his run, saying he’ll make an announcement next week. He referred additional questions to a campaign aide who couldn’t be reached for comment.

The Oct. 8 primary will reduce the mayoral field to two. Bell is seeking his seventh term, while Williams hopes for a rematch of the 2011 general election for mayor. Valentine is making his first bid for elective office.

Friday’s noon deadline came and went without any other candidate for City Council emerging.

That means incumbent Cora Cole-McFadden is a shoe-in for re-election to the Ward 1 seat. She has no opposition.

The Ward 2 race by contrast asks voters to winnow a field of four down to two candidates on Oct. 8.

Bail bondsman Omar Beasley, educator Eddie Davis, funeral-service owner Franklin Hanes and financial adviser Del Mattioli are squaring off for the seat now held by Councilman Howard Clement.

Clement is stepping down this fall to conclude a 30-year run on the council.

The general-election field for the Ward 3 seat is set. There, appointed incumbent Don Moffitt is facing former County Commissioner Pam Karriker. With only two candidates, there’s no need for a primary.

Moffitt is a former grocery-chain executive and former chairman of the Durham Planning Commission. Karriker is the wife of local minister Dub Karriker, and a former mortgage underwriter.

The Ward 3 seat until the end of 2012 was held by former Councilman Mike Woodard. He stepped down to take a seat in the N.C. Senate.

The general election will occur on Nov. 5. The vote for mayor and each City Council seat will take place citywide. Candidates for council ward seats have to live in the ward they wish to represent.