Alston, Huggins win Ward 3 Durham City Council primary, oust Moffitt

Shelia Ann Huggins (left) Vernetta Alston (right).
Shelia Ann Huggins (left) Vernetta Alston (right).

Vernetta Alston and Shelia Ann Huggins knocked incumbent Don Moffitt out of the running in Durham’s City Council Ward 3 primary election Tuesday.

Alston received 12,335 votes or 50.55 percent of total ballots cast.

Huggins received 6,477 votes, or 26.5 percent, ahead of Moffitt, with 5,223 votes or 21.4 percent.

Lenny Kovalick came in a distant fourth, with 365 votes or 1.5 percent.

Alston and Huggins will face each other in the general election Nov. 7.

Moffitt said he was disappointed, “but it’s clear that the voters are ready for a new direction, at least for Ward 3.”

Alston, a Center for Death Penalty Litigation attorney who was endorsed by the People’s Alliance PAC, watched returns at the Surf Club in downtown Durham. She thanked her wife, the team and her supporters. At its peak, there were about 100 people at the party.

“I am proud of my team for reaching voters all across the city,” Alston said.

Huggins, an attorney, was endorsed by the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People.

Moffitt, who was endorsed by the Friends of Durham, trailed from the outset.

After the final results came in, he said he’s enjoyed his time on the council tremendously.

“I’m grateful to voters for giving me the opportunity to serve these past four years, and I wish great success for whoever prevails in November. I love Durham,” he said.

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