This Thursday, November 7th, Durhamites took to the polls to elect a new mayor and decide who they wanted to represent them on the city council.
In addition to the mayoral position, city council wards 1, 2, and 3 were all up for election.
Around 11:30pm after all the precincts had reported their results, 4 winners emerged.
Mayor: Councilman Steve Schewel — City Council member, endorsed by the People’s Alliance PAC
City Council Ward 1: DeDreana Freeman — Assistant to the president of the East Durham Children’s Initiative, endorsed by the People’s Alliance PAC
City Council Ward 2: Mark-Anthony Middleton — Pastor of Abundant Hope Christian Church, endorsed by the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People PAC
City Council Ward 3: Vernetta Alston —Former Center for Death Penalty Litigation attorney, endorsed by the People’s Alliance PAC
The official results are as follows:
Steve Schewel – 59.5% (21,262 votes)
Farad Ali – 40.1% (14,334)
City Council Ward 1:
DeDreana Freeman – 54.5% (18,847 votes)
Cora Cole-McFadden (incumbent) – 45.4% (15,716 votes)
City Council Ward 2:
Mark-Anthony Middleton – 57.1% (19,148 votes)
John Rooks – 42.7% – (14,339 votes)
City Council Ward 3:
Vernetta Alston – 62.4% (21,209 votes)
Sheila-Ann Huggins – 37.26% (12,657 votes)
All new members of the city council (including mayor) will be sworn in on Tuesday, December 4th.