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The RIGHT VOICE for Durham City Council.

Frankly speaking, we have many politicians speaking on behalf of the communities we live in, but they only come around during election. It's clear they don't have the answers. #ifitsbrokefixit

- John Rooks Jr.


Monday, October 30, 2017 6:00 AM

Vote Nov. 7 for a Durham we can all believe in!

“Those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, but furthest from resources and power.”
– Glenn E. Martin, founder and president of JustLeadershipUSA

Wherever I go, across this city, I am asked very plainly, “Why are you running for the Durham City Council?”

My response is not complicated: I am running to ensure that Durham is a city that represents all residents, especially those that have been overlooked and underserved.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:38 PM

Cooper: ‘Transgender people are not prevented from the use of public facilities’

North Carolina’s legislature passed a law that prevents transgender people from using government-run bathrooms corresponding to the gender with which they identify. The law — House Bill 2 (HB2) — has incited a state-wide civil liberties battle. Here is the timeline of the so-called "bathroom bill."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 11:06 AM

Durham Applies for a Federal Grant to Two-Way the Loop, and It’s About Damn Time

This morning, the city of Durham announced that it had applied for a $12 million U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER Grant to convert the hated downtown loop into a two-way street. If the city wins the grant—part of a $500 million discretionary pool of money that the feds use for infrastructure projects—it would use it to change pavement markings, modify traffic signals, and construct roundabouts.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:00 AM

Who’s running for Durham mayor and city council?

Durham voters will choose their next mayor and three city council members on Nov. 7. The October primary narrowed the field of candidates to eight – two for mayor and two in each of the Durham City Council ward races. Council terms are four years and the mayoral term is two years.

Candidates run for the ward seat where they live, but voters do not need to live in that ward and can vote for a candidate in each ward. Here are the candidates on the ballot to become the city’s new leaders:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Durham Approves an Affordable Housing Plan in Downtown, But It Will Need $10 Million in Tax Credits

Affordable housing and retail and office space are slated for a two-acre site adjacent to Durham Station.

Durham City Council members and staffers, along with a development team composed of Self-Help Ventures Fund and DHIC Inc., have been contemplating how best to use the city-owned site for about a year. On Monday, the council unanimously approved a concept that includes eighty units of affordable housing, sixty-two thousand square feet of office space, parking, and twelve thousand square feet of commercial space. The housing will allow for twenty housing vouchers, which are administered by the Durham Housing Authority and subsidize low-income tenants' rents.

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