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Bell easily wins seventh term as Durham mayor

Posted November 5, 2013

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— Mayor Bill Bell says he enjoys the challenge of leading Durham, and voters rewarded him Tuesday with a seventh two-year term.

Bell, who has served as Durham mayor since 2001, was leading Rev. Sylvester Williams in a rematch of the 2011 mayoral race by an 87-13 percent margin, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

"It's always good to win," Bell said. "I'm very thankful for the people who supported me."

Bell has said he plans to continue focusing on improving inner-city neighborhoods and downtown development. Curbing violent crime also remains a challenge for the city, he said.

"I think it bodes well for Durham that people are satisfied with the way the city's going, and we're going to try to keep moving in that direction," he said.

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  • Durham-Raleigh Nov 7, 2013

    The racism that is evident in these comments is instructive.

    For one, the insinuation that the Durham Cmte. on the Affairs of Black People (DCABP) somehow controls Durham politics, based on race, is the kind of saber-rattling I expect from racists and the Tea Party. Yet its influence has waned significantly. In the Ward 3 vote, the candidate they and the conservative Friends of Durham favored lost by a wide margin to appointee Don Moffitt, who had the progressive PA endorsement. (Both Ward 3 candidates? White.)

    It fits the race-baiters' agenda to mention the DCABP, but they are increasingly a relic of the past.

    Secondly, what do commenters here know about the "Rev." Sylvester Williams? Bell is a good man, a moderate in many ways, and reaches out to the white and black community -- and has the respect of the business and ed/med community in town. Williams is a joke of a candidate (see the Indy Week coverage on him) who would have been a polarizing mayor.

  • jackaroe123 Nov 7, 2013

    "I lived in Durham county..."

    Sorry you had a bad experience. Are you suggesting your experience is representative of all of Durham as a whole?

  • MitziGaynor Nov 7, 2013

    I lived in Durham county. I lived in a newly built subdivision, houses ranged from 150 - 220K. We had gun shots, break-in, home invasions, about 2 out of 10 homeowners took care of their yards. Then when the crash came, we had 5 out of 10 homes foreclose, section 8 and low income renters moving in. By the time I left my house was devalued over 40K. Right before I left, my daughter was home alone, some lady from up the street was running towards her with her baby in arm, some guy forced himself into her house.

    Oh, I forgot to mention the gang of 25 high schoolers fighting in the street, filming 2 girls beat the snot out of each other. AND I WAS YELLED AT because I called the cops. And I was also told "we own these streets now".

    Not a very good impression besides it being a sanctuary city.

  • jackaroe123 Nov 7, 2013

    "And who might that be? The politicians that will give you what YOU want? Funny thing about liberals..."

    WRAL, for the second time, someone is making a direct snipe at me, and my far more civil response has not been posted. issimayake already addressed this: Unless you're pushing an agenda yourself, you have to approve posts fairly.

    If you're going to ask me a sincere question, you should refrain from answering it yourself, yankee1. You're not even close w/ the answer you pretend I gave, and you help reinforce my point: If you're predisposed to ignore anything positive about Durham and harp on the negative and nothing but, why would I trust you as a reasonable person who has good ideas for how to continue improving Durham? Why would I waste my time if you're just going to use anything negative to justify your unyielding, negative view?

  • jackaroe123 Nov 6, 2013

    "http://www.dcvb-nc.com/cr/Durham_Accolades.pdf
    These among other reasons are why we love Durham and..."

    Before anyone even bothers trying, I just want to chime in here that based on how the anti-Durham crowd posts here, people who support Durham really don't even have to defend the legitimacy of all of these accolades. You see, all we need to respond to are emotional, extremist, irrational hyperbole about how Durham is a 3rd world country SQUARED. That doesn't require that we defend survey methods, etc. All we have to do is demonstrate that Durham is more hospitable to human life than Venus, so way to serve up a home run pitch, Durham haters! Try a different pitch next time.

  • issymayake Nov 6, 2013

    It's all good.
    #10 Best Places for Businesses and Careers - Forbes
    #14 Fastest Growing Cities since the Recession - Forbes
    #1 Housing Market in the USA - WSJ
    #6 America's Smartest Cities - Forbes
    #1 America's Leading Creative Class Metro

    http://www.dcvb-nc.com/cr/Durham_Accolades.pdf

    These among other reasons are why we love Durham and why continue to re-elect Bill Bell. He will one day retire or lose an election, but his leadership built on what Tennyson started and expanded it tremendously.

  • yankee1 Nov 6, 2013

    I'd rather discuss them w/ people who I trust want to fix it, or accept them in context...... jackaroe123

    And who might that be? The politicians that will give you what YOU want? Funny thing about liberals, they never consider that others have good ideas but when liberal ideas create unintended consequences, as they always do,the same liberals who don't want to talk to the other side, have no problem demanding they they get them out of the mess they created.

  • Phyxius1 Nov 6, 2013

    Why? Durham is a collection of dilapidated properties and high crime. The city property code is either non existent or non enforced. The police force can't keep up with all the criminals making Durham their HQ. Very sad. The city has such potential.
    BP

    Have you actually been in ALL areas of Durham and not a few streets in downtown Durham as you describe. Durham is city and county and people tend to make them the same. I see many nice neighborhoods and areas in Durham. Crime rates everywhere are rising and its time to take the spotlight off Durham. Raleigh and others are heading up the headlines lately more so than Durham. Been here many yrs and never a victim or seen any crime. Travel to Raleigh and myself as well as a few friends have all been victims of crime there.

  • BP Nov 6, 2013

    Why? Durham is a collection of dilapidated properties and high crime. The city property code is either non existent or non enforced. The police force can't keep up with all the criminals making Durham their HQ. Very sad. The city has such potential.

  • jackaroe123 Nov 6, 2013

    "You're living in a fantasy land and trying to convence everyone else it's "OK there". Typical liberal spin."

    Oh, I think it's GREAT here, but I'm not trying to convence (sic) anyone of it. Durham is doing well enough that if people choose to remain blind to it, we can afford not to have them around. Their loss.

    But I've also acknowledged it's not perfect. That's a far more reasonable balance to strike about any place, isn't it? Loving it may be a personal preference, but loving it while acknowledging flaws? Balance. What are you bringing?

    Don't bother asking me about the flaws, though. I'd rather discuss them w/ people who I trust want to fix it, or accept them in context. I'm not giving you more fuel for being negative.

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