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Durham Mayor, Three Councilors Named In Lawsuit

Posted December 30, 2005 12:29 p.m. EST

— Durham Mayor Bill Bell and three city council members are at the center of a federal lawsuit.

A contractor named Hairston Enterprises says the city failed to hire low-income residents to help build the Barnes Avenue housing project. The lawsuit claims that is a violation of federal law.

The city councilors named in the lawsuit include Eugene Brown, Diane Catotti and Cora Cole-McFadden

Hairston Enterprises is owned by Vincent Brown, a man who ran for mayor earlier this year. Brown dropped out once news surfaced about his criminal record.