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Press Release


May 5, 2017

CONTACT: Jim Wiggins
JLT Communications Group

Durham Engineer, Community Advocate to Announce Bid for Ward 2 City Council Seat
John Rooks, a 30-year Durham resident, will seek election on a platform that champions citizen empowerment coupled with transparency in leadership – and, yes, he’s got an app for that.

Durham engineer John Rooks, Jr., invites the community to join him as he officially announces his bid for election to fill the upcoming vacancy in Ward 2 on the Durham City Council.

Rooks will host a community gathering to announce his candidacy and outline his campaign on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 1-3 pm in McDougald Terrace - Burton Park, at 1100 Sima Ave. in Durham.

A champion of human rights buttressed by political, economic and social empowerment, Rooks, 48, is expected to introduce a campaign rooted in a grassroots commitment to citizens’ interests, and transparent leadership. Along the way, he vows to build positive alliances with the Durham Public School System and youth development organizations across the city; advocate for safe communities; and foster positive, productive interactions between the city and Ward 2 voters.

“No disrespect to past and current leadership, but I just don’t think there has been true representation of the people’s issues,” said Rooks. “My life story, my experience, is closer to that of the residents of the Ward, so I am dedicated to build bridges sturdy enough to unite our community and, thereby, strengthen the city of Durham as a whole.”

Rooks is an electronic data interchange engineer with the federal government who has made Durham his home for 30 years since attending North Carolina Central University to study Business Administration. The married father of three founded R.E.A.L. Kids United, a youth-run organization that helps children throughout Wake and Durham counties with school, clothing and other supplies.

Hoping for a successful campaign and an opportunity to serve Ward 2, Rooks already has developed a new mobile app, Transparency in Voting, to make it easier for residents to connect with him as a councilman and track city happenings by simply downloading the app.

“Voters deserve first-hand knowledge about what’s going on around them,” Rooks said. “I will use the app to gather and share information, while voters use it to see exactly what I am doing, and how my leadership positively impacts Ward 2.”

So far, Rooks is joined on the ballot by LeVon Barnes, a 34-year-old PE and health teacher with Durham Public Schools. The two newcomers are vying for the seat currently held by Eddie Davis, who said he won’t seek re-election.


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