[Indy Week] Endorsements 2021: Durham Mayor and City Council Primary

Dear INDY readers and voters,  Welcome to our first slate of endorsements for the 2021 local election cycle.  Early voting for Durham’s primary municipal election begins this week, and we want to bring you the resources you need to head to the polls well-informed. To make our endorsements in these races, we relied heavily on our own reporting […]

[Indy Week] Durham’s Longest Serving Mayor Bill Bell Endorses Judge Elaine O’Neal

As the Durham mayor and city council primaries heat up, another high-profile endorsement announcement for the next Durham mayor came over the weekend. Former Durham Mayor Bill Bell, the city’s longest-serving mayor who served for 16 years from 2001 to 2017, endorsed Judge Elaine O’Neal. In a statement, Bell emphasized that O’Neal, as a Durham native, has […]

[Indy Week] Elaine O’Neal Announces She’s Running for Mayor of Durham

Retired Durham superior court judge, former law school dean, and racial equity champion Elaine O’Neal is running for mayor. O’Neal, who is a lifelong Bull City resident, told the INDY on Monday that she is excited about the city’s growth, but she’s worried that the city is not unified. “I recall a different downtown in the ’60s,” she […]

[WRAL] Elaine O’Neal to run for mayor of Durham

DURHAM, N.C. — The Bull City has its first official candidate for the 2021 mayoral race. Retired judge Elaine O’Neal announced she is running for mayor of Durham in this year’s election. Born and raised in Durham, O’Neal served as a judge in the district and superior courts from 1994 to 2018 and most recently served […]