Orange County

Who’s running for office in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties? Races become competitive as more file

A challenger emerged this week in the Carrboro mayoral race, and Durham City Council ward races are becoming competitive as 12 people are seeking three spots.

Carrboro resident Mike Benson is challenging Mayor Lydia Lavelle, who will seek her third term as Carrboro’s mayor this year. Lavelle also served on the town’s Board of Aldermen from 2007 to 2013. Benson is the former owner of The Station, a Carrboro restaurant and bar that closed in 2015.

In Durham, City Councilman Steve Schewel filed to run this week, joining Pierce Freelon and Farad Ali, who filed last week. Farad served on the Durham City Council from 2007 to 2011. Freelon is a hip-hop artist and activist who has not held a public office.

The men are vying to replace Mayor Bill Bell, a 16-year veteran who announced earlier this year that he will not seek re-election.

Other candidates also filed this week for a spot in Durham, Orange and Chatham municipal and school board races, which will be decided in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, general election. Durham also will hold a municipal primary race Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The 2017 election campaign filing period ends Friday, July 21. The candidates so far include:

Durham County


▪ Farad Ali, 5301 Lyon Farm Road, Durham

▪ Pierce Freelon, 208 W. Markham Ave., Durham

▪ Steve Schewel, 2101 W. Club Blvd., Durham

City Council Ward 1 (one seat)

▪ Cora Cole-McFadden, 5613 Old Well St., Durham (incumbent)

▪ DeDreana Freeman, 1005 Worth St., Durham

▪ John Tarantino, 515 N. Hyde Park Ave., Durham

City Council Ward 2 (one seat)

▪ Dolly Reaves, 1 Still Pond Court, Durham

▪ Robert Fluet, 1054 Spacious Skies Lane, Durham

▪ Deanna Hall, 205 Carywood Drive, Durham

▪ LeVon I. Barnes, 2624 Pickett Road, Durham

▪ John Rooks Jr., 1713 Willowcrest Road, Durham

City Council Ward 3 (one seat)

▪ Don Moffitt, 2114 Wilson St., Durham (incumbent)

▪ Lenny Kovalick, 2624 Pickett Road, Durham

▪ Vernetta Alston, 3433 Dover Road, Durham

▪ Shelia Ann Huggins, 2408 Tampa Ave., Durham

Orange County

Chapel Hill Mayor

▪ Pam Hemminger, 57, 108 Boxwood Place, Chapel Hill (incumbent)

Chapel Hill Town Council (4 seats)

▪ Maria T. Palmer, 56, 304 Forbush Mountain Drive, Chapel Hill (incumbent)

▪ Allen Buansi, 30, 305 Copperline Drive, Chapel Hill

▪ Rachel Schaevitz, 37, 101 Braswell Court, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education (3 seats)

▪ James Barrett, 47, 100 Morgan Bluff Lane, Chapel Hill (incumbent)

▪ Joal Hall Broun, 56, 107 Creekview Circle, Carrboro (incumbent)

Hillsborough Mayor

▪ Tom Stevens, 63, 213 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough (incumbent)

Hillsborough Town Commissioners (2 seats)

▪ Kathleen Ferguson, 54, 517 Central Ave., Hillsborough (incumbent)

▪ Jennifer (Jenn) Weaver, 43, 323 W. Queen St., Hillsborough (incumbent)

Carrboro Mayor

▪ Lydia Lavelle, 56, 8107 Kit Lane, Chapel Hill (incumbent)

▪ Michael (Mike) Benson, 50, 504 Davie Road, Carrboro

Carrboro Board of Aldermen (4 seats)

▪ Barbara Foushee, 52, 100 Williams St., Carrboro

▪ Jacquelyn M. Gist, 62, 233 Sweet Bay Place, Carrboro (incumbent)

▪ Randee Haven-O’Donnell, 66, 106 Fairfield Court, Chapel Hill (incumbent)

Chatham County

Pittsboro Mayor

▪ Cindy S. Perry, 259 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro (incumbent)

Pittsboro Commissioner (Two seats)

▪ Pamela Baldwin, 243 Springdale Drive, Pittsboro (incumbent)

▪ Michael A. Fiocco, 353 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro (incumbent)

Siler City Mayor

▪ John Grimes, 513 W. Glendale St., Siler City (incumbent)

▪ Albert Reddick, 328 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Siler City

Siler City Commissioner At Large (1 seat)

▪ Cynthia Bray, 705 N. Glenn Ave., Siler City (incumbent)

▪ Louis P. Forrisi Jr., 320 W. 11th St., Siler City

Siler City Commissioner District 1 (1 seat)

▪ Tony Siler, 618 E. Fifth St., Siler City (incumbent)

Goldston Commissioner Ward 1 (1 seat)

▪ Wayne Woody, 296 N. Church St., Goldston

Goldston Commissioner Ward 3 (1 seat)

▪ Lynn Gaines, 144 Windsor St., Goldston

Staff reporter Virginia Bridges contributed to this report.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb