Durham County

This ‘average American’ wants to be your next Durham city councilman

Robert Fluet
Robert Fluet Courtesy of Robert Fluet

Robert Fluet has announced plans to run for Durham’s Ward 2 City Council seat.

Fluet, 33, lacks political experience but said he wants to bring an “average American’s” voice to the City Council.

“Running for City Council as a political unknown may be a risk, but sitting on the sidelines during this time of political unrest may be an even larger risk,” Fluet wrote on his campaign website. “I’m running for a simple reason; I want my daughters, Ellie and Reagan, to live in a city, a state and in a country they can be proud of.”

Fluet is director of client development for Raleigh-based consulting company Client Savvy. He has lived in Durham for two years.

His campaign goals include encouraging businesses to pay a living wage, continuing and expanding downtown revitalization and increasing transparency in city government and the Police Department, he said.

LeVon Barnes and John Rooks have also announced they are running for the Ward 2 seat.

Councilman Eddie Davis, who was elected to the seat in 2013, said he doesn’t plan to run for re-election.

Elections for four of the seven City Council seats will be held this fall.

Voters will vote on four-year term seats in Wards 1, 2, and 3. The ward seats ensure diverse geographic representation on the City Council. Candidates have to live in the ward but are elected in a citywide election.

The two-year mayoral seat is also up for grabs.

Candidates will officially file to run in the election from July 7 to July 21.

The primary will be held Oct. 10. The general election will be held Nov. 7.

Virginia Bridges: 919-829-8924, @virginiabridges