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Durham Mayor Seeks Re-Election

Posted July 17, 2007

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— Durham Mayor Bill Bell wants an unprecedented fourth term in office.

Bell announced Tuesday that he plans to seek re-election. The mayor said he wants to expand revitalization in the inner city neighbors.

To bring home the point, Bell made his announcement at the newly redeveloped Eastway Avenue Community.

Thomas Stith, a two-term member of the Durham City Council, is also running for the office. Stith ran for lieutenant governor in 2004.


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  • Hevans1012 Jul 18, 2007

    I know Bill Bell and worked with his wife. They are both good people. However I do not live in Durham so I cannot comment on the politics. I see that they are doing a better job with crime and cleaning up the city. Re-elect Bill and let him finish what he started =)

  • Bon Viveur Jul 18, 2007

    I thought you had to be able to read and write to be Mayor of a town...even Durham! Or do you just have to have opposable thumbs to get on the ticket?

  • Nancy Jul 17, 2007

    63, you're right, I'm sorry, he was not CEO, I knew that, must have had a mental pause moment there, thanks!

  • 63 Jul 17, 2007

    This is the second time hp has insisted on getting this fact wrong on this board: Bell *always* sits out any vote that involved UDI. He turns the meeting over to the Mayor Pro Tem and even leaves the room. A quick search of city council minutes will verify this.

    And another misstatement: Bell is not CEO of Mutual Savings Bank. He is chairman of the board, conducting the board's six or seven meetings a year. He does not direct the day-to-day operations of the bank.

    It's fair enough to ask questions about performance or to have opinions, but posters should get their facts correct.

    Durham can do better than Thomas Stith, who is trying to compensate for eight years of lackluster service.

  • Nancy Jul 17, 2007

    "Nancy got a little testy! Must be a Cary resident...

    To be honest..there is no safe place to live and long as you have cars and away for people to get places, you are going to get unwanted in any community."

    LOL, wrong. You couldn't get me to live in Cary, thanks! I don't like living in close quarters with lots of gridlock. That's what I was escaping when we moved down here (tranferred) in 1993 from Montgomery County MD.

  • AM is Back to Being Immaculate Jul 17, 2007

    That's a very good point- some people pay attention to the wrong things.

  • Jul 17, 2007

    If the citizens of Durham want Mr. Bell for a forth term, reelect him. Casual at a baseball game? Unheard of? Look at John Edwards and his blue jeans. LOL. A man of the people. LMAO.
    An old adage, "If you keep doing what you're doing, you're gonna keep getting what you're getting." It seems Durham has plenty of scapegoats to kick when things go wrong. Chief Chalmers is retiring at a great time. Maybe the next chief will be held accountable for his actions. Maybe the citizens of Durham will expect more from their city leaders.

  • Seeminglyopposed Jul 17, 2007

    That just goes to show how some people judge the book by the cover-nymessier

    What does this man dress has to do with his character? You would like to see a well dressed crook right? I am not familiar with Bell, but your comment states just because this man was dressed casual, he had no class! In the news recently, we have had a great deal of well dressed politicians being carted off to jail, but you know what??? They went with Class right?

  • Seeminglyopposed Jul 17, 2007

    Nancy got a little testy! Must be a Cary resident...

    To be honest..there is no safe place to live and long as you have cars and away for people to get places, you are going to get unwanted in any community.

  • nyrmessier Jul 17, 2007

    All I know is, I was at the 4th of July game at the DBAP this year. He was at the event, talking to the crowd, as an elected official, in a polo shirt, nylon running pants, and a pair of sneakers, while wearing an old navy ball cap. Sorry, but if you're at a function as an elected official, show some class, and dress "business casual" at least...

    If he chooses to underdress that much at a city function, what does that say about his decision making skills for an entire city.

    He does not impress me one bit...