More endorsements out in city races
City Council candidates banked some more endorsements this week, with Ward 2 contender Del Mattioli getting one from the incumbent she hopes to succeed, Howard Clement.
Meanwhile, the N.C. Sheriff Police Alliance announced it’s supporting the re-election bids of Mayor Bill Bell and council Ward 1 incumbent Cora Cole-McFadden, plus the candidacies of Omar Beasley in Ward 2 and Pam Karriker in Ward 3.
The announcement of Clement’s decision came from Mattioli’s campaign via a news release emailed to reporters Tuesday evening.
It quoted Clement as saying Mattioli “brings to the table intelligence, integrity, truthfulness and a willingness to serve,” and as saying he has “no qualms in supporting her candidacy.”
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.
Clement is stepping down this winter after 30 years of service on the council.
The Sheriff Police Alliance weighed in Wednesday via a phone call from its president, Andy Miller.
Bell and Cole-McFadden have “a history of doing what’s good for Durham and trying to do what’s right for employees,” he said.
Beasley and Karriker “did very well” in the group’s screening process, Miller said, without elaborating.
Voters are going to the polls Oct. 8 for a primary that will winnow to two candidates the fields for mayor and Ward 2.
Bell is facing challenges from Michael Valentine and Sylvester Williams. Valentine, a business consultant, is making his first try for elective office. Williams, a minister and financial adviser, was Bell’s opponent in the 2011 general election.
Cole-McFadden is running unopposed in Ward 1.
The Ward 2 field in addition to Beasley and Mattioli includes Eddie Davis and Franklin Hanes. Beasley is a bail bondsman, Davis a former teacher, Hanes a funeral director and Mattioli a financial adviser.
Karriker shares the Ward 3 field with appointed incumbent Don Moffitt. They and Cole-McFadden aren’t involved in the primary and will face voters in the Nov. 5 general election.
Clement’s endorsement is the first Mattioli has received. Beasley and Karriker have picked up major-interest-group backing from the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People and the Friends of Durham.
Davis and Moffitt have support from the People’s Alliance.