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Durham's Mayor Race Heats Up

Posted July 9, 2007

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— Durham's mayor race heated up as Durham City Council member Thomas Stith said Monday that he'll throw his hat in the ring.

Stith said that three-term Mayor Bill Bell has been ineffective in fighting the Bull City's rising crime rate.

Stith plans to officially announce his candidacy Tuesday from the City Hall lobby.

Stith has served on the city council for two terms. He stood as a Republican for Lieutenant Governor in 2004.

 Bell, who has not filed for re-election, declined to comment on Stith's candidacy.

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  • ABM Jul 10, 2007

    Gang leaders are afforded the same respect...

    You are right, but you don't question their ability to lead. If so you should start in Washington, DC..

  • Doctor Jul 10, 2007

    I saw the National Guard invade East Durham and move them them all to Idaho!!!

  • Jul 10, 2007

    Mayor Bell has done so much for Durham to mention in this Blog.. There are no words to describe going into a local grocery in a part of town that most of you wouldn't think of going, just to look up and see the mayor. Shopping by himself, and he will speak to you..I guarantee you will not see the mayor (of Raleigh) or the governor(since he lives in Raleigh) in a grocery in the same neighborhood in Raleigh, (unless it's Nov, and there is a camera crew with him) Look at downtown Durham.. The crime, well I know Durham gets a bad rap just because of its location next to the capital..Durham is a great place, at least most of the residents in Durham are from Durham.. Raleigh and surrounding areas are just mixing bowls.. With no true identity..
    ABM
    July 10, 2007 10:21 a.m.
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    Gang leaders are afforded the same respect...

  • gadfly Jul 10, 2007

    Nifong for mayor!

  • ABM Jul 10, 2007

    Mayor Bell has done so much for Durham to mention in this Blog..
    There are no words to describe going into a local grocery in a part of town that most of you wouldn't think of going, just to look up and see the mayor. Shopping by himself, and he will speak to you..I guarantee you will not see the mayor (of Raleigh) or the governor(since he lives in Raleigh) in a grocery in the same neighborhood in Raleigh, (unless it's Nov, and there is a camera crew with him) Look at downtown Durham.. The crime, well I know Durham gets a bad rap just because of its location next to the capital..Durham is a great place, at least most of the residents in Durham are from Durham.. Raleigh and surrounding areas are just mixing bowls.. With no true identity..

  • Doctor Jul 10, 2007

    I saw we put a wall seperating East Durham from the rest of Durham and Durham would look like another Cary!

  • EagleGirl Jul 10, 2007

    LOL @ Jackie Wagstaff for mayor!

    Durham needs a mayor that is going to do something about the crime and dilapidated areas of the city. If is wasn't for the crime it wouldn't be a bad place to live.

  • kennedy69 Jul 10, 2007

    Doctor....I think that THC74 was being a bit sarcastic!

  • Brick Tamland Jul 10, 2007

    But she would be great entertainment.

  • Doctor Jul 10, 2007

    Please!!! She is one of the main reasons Durham is the way it is now... if she and others would keep be in subjection Durham would not have the problems it has with Crime and image!

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