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Re: “Bill Bell Endorses Farad Ali for Mayor of Durham

According to this reporting, Mayor Bell seems to be endorsing Ali primarily to keep Steve Schewel on the Council because we need his deep experience there. Yes, Steve does have enormous leadership experience that should put him in the mayor's seat: 1) His relentless and successful pursuit of affordable housing, one of the most important issues facing our beloved Durham as major industries locate to Durham and outside developers build luxury condos here. As of this week, Steve influenced the Council to support affordable housing on the City-owned Jackson Street site just south of the Durham Station in the heart of downtown. 2) Steve's unabashed championing of justice and protection for immigrants and the LGBTQ community. 3) Steve's active commitment to policing that is free of discrimination. 4) His mission to beautify Durham in an equitable manner from tree canopies to bike trails and sidewalk repair. 5) His ability to understand complex budgets. These are just a few examples why Steve Schewel should be Mayor of Durham. He can get these things accomplished because he is a proven progressive leader who knows how to manifest a strong vision during this fragile time in Durham's development.

Option B: To allay Mayor Bell's concerns about losing experienced City Council members: Steve's first order of business as mayor would be to lead the Council to appoint Ali to fill his vacated seat, as per article 2.9.1 of the Council's procedures for Filling Vacancies. "The City Council shall identify and appoint a qualified person to fill an existing vacancy in the office of the Mayor or Council Member."

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Posted by Linda Belans on 10/20/2017 at 6:07 PM

Re: “The INDY Endorses Steve Schewel for Durham Mayor

Yes. Yes. And yes! Steve Schewel was progressive before there was a hashtag for it. And, his energy, wisdom, and drive for the work are stronger than ever! He is the mayor for this Durham moment.

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Posted by Linda Belans on 09/20/2017 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The INDY’s Endorsements for the N.C. General Assembly

Indy: you're not from around here, are you?

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Posted by Linda Belans on 10/20/2016 at 8:59 AM

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