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Thousands vote early in Durham. Take part in an online Chapel Hill election forum.

The nonprofit Diaper Bank of North Carolina, based in Durham, distributes more than 3 million diapers across the state every year, including over 260,000 in the Triangle region. Chapel Hill’s Town Council passed a resolution this week urging people to donate to the group.
The nonprofit Diaper Bank of North Carolina, based in Durham, distributes more than 3 million diapers across the state every year, including over 260,000 in the Triangle region. Chapel Hill’s Town Council passed a resolution this week urging people to donate to the group. cliddy@newsobserver.com

Early voting in Durham’s nonpartisan municipal primary totals passed the 3,000 voter mark on Thursday, Sept. 28. From Sept. 21 through Sept. 28, 3,374 votes were cast in the city primary.

Early voting continues until Oct. 7. The primary is Oct. 10. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the mayoral and three council ward races move on to the municipal general election on Nov. 7.

There are two upcoming candidate forums on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

▪  The Durham Center for Senior Life will host a candidate forum at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at the center, 406 Rigsbee Ave.

▪  N.C. Central University will host a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 in which the candidates sit in the audience and listen to questions from the community. Fred Foster will moderate. The forum will be held in the auditorium of the H.M. Michaux Jr. Education Building, 700 Cecil St.

Durham Parks and Recreation gets national award

Durham Parks and Recreation received a National Partnership Award from the National Recreation and Park Association for its work with Duke University Medical Center on “Bull City Fit,” a program to treat childhood obesity in the community. Duke and Parks and Recreation staff worked together on the health program at Edison Johnson Recreation Center. The garden was expanded, two rooms renovated and a demonstration kitchen created at the center.

Mike Posner concert a Freelon fundraiser

A Duke basketball coach and a famous musician are part of a fundraising concert this weekend for Durham mayoral candidate Pierce Freelon. The campaign for Freelon and Nolan Smith presented the Mike Posner concert.

Singer Posner is known for songs like “Cooler Than Me,” “I Took A Pill in Ibiza” and “Bow Chicka Wow Wow” featuring Lil Wayne. He is a 2009 graduate of Duke University.

Smith is a former Duke basketball player who was on the 2010 national championship team and played two seasons in the NBA. He joined Duke’s coaching staff in 2016 as a special assistant coach.

Tickets for the private party fundraiser for Freelon range from $10 for students to $500, and are classified as campaign contributions. Posner donated $5,200 to Freelon’s campaign in the latest finance report. Smith has not donated to Freelon’s campaign according to finance reports through August.

Got diapers?

One in three mothers is affected by diaper need – not having enough diapers to keep children clean and dry for the first three years of life – Chapel Hill Town Council members learned this week.

The average child requires up to 50 diaper changes a week, Council member Jessica Anderson read from a resolution proclaiming Sept. 25-Oct. 1 as Diaper Need Awareness Week. A month’s supply consumes about 6 percent of a minimum wage salary, she said, or roughly $864 a year.

The resolution encourages citizens to donate to the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, diaper drives and other community partners.

They distribute more than 3 million diapers a year, said Michelle Old, founder and executive director. That includes more than 260,000 diapers each month through the Triangle branch with help from over 400 volunteers.

“We distribute them through organizations,” Old said. “We do not give them directly to families, because we feel very strongly that if someone is struggling for diapers, then they’re struggling with other needs and we want them connected to programs that can help them in multiple ways.”

Learn how you can help at ncdiaperbank.org.

Chapel Hill, school board forums

The OrangePolitics blog will host its annual online election forums starting this Sunday, Oct. 1, with the Chapel Hill Town Council candidates. Chris Brook, legal director for the N.C. American Civil Liberties Union, will moderate the forum.

There are seven candidates running for four seats: Incumbents Ed Harrison and Maria Palmer, and challengers Allen Buansi, Hongbin Gu, Rachel Schaevitz, Carl Schuler and Karen Stegman.

A link to join the online forum will appear just before 7 p.m. on Sunday at orangepolitics.org.

UNC Law School professor Barbara Fedders will moderate a Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board candidates forum at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.

A recent school board vacancy has created a new opportunity for potential candidates. Anyone interested in joining the race can register Oct. 2-6 at the Orange County Board of Elections in Hillsborough.

Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: 919-419-6563, @dawnbvaughan

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb

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