Bell easily wins seventh term as Durham mayor
Posted November 5, 2013
Durham, N.C. — 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.