The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People has endorsed four candidates in the Oct. 10 Durham municipal primary election.The PAC evaluated endorsement questionnaires from each candidate, interviewed each candidate and hosted two candidate forums to introduce the candidates to the community.
The committee endorsed City Council candidates Cora Cole-McFadden in Ward 1, Mark-Anthony Middleton in Ward 2, Shelia Huggins in Ward 3 and Farad Ali for mayor.
Seven candidates are listed on the ballot as running for mayor, four in Ward 1, six in Ward 2 and four in Ward 3.
One of the seven mayoral candidates withdrew from the race after filing his candidacy papers.
After the primary winnows the fields of candidates, the survivors will face off in the Nov. 7 general municipal election.
Mayor pro tem Cole-McFadden is the incumbent in Ward 1. Incumbent Eddie Davis is not seeking re-election in Ward 2, opening the door for a new council member. Don Moffitt is seeking re-election in Ward 3.
Incumbent Mayor Bill Bell is not seeking re-election, again opening the door to a newcomer in City Hall.