Tuesday is election day in many areas. Polling stations opened at 6:30 a.m. in Durham, where voters will narrow down a field of mayoral and city council candidates.
The Mayor’s Primary is a chance for Durham voters to help shape the city’s future. Although seven names are on the ballot, only six candidates remain in the running after Charlita Burrus told WRAL News she had given up.
In May, Durham Mayor Steve Schewel, 70, announced he would not be running for a third term. He said his new granddaughter and his tenure were two reasons.
“I’ve been in a local office for 14 of the past 17 years – on school board, on city council or as mayor – and frankly enough is enough,” he said.
One of the big issues the next mayor will have to tackle is crime. While violent crime in Durham is down slightly from a year ago, Durham Police say it is still higher than the three-year average.
Whoever is ultimately elected mayor will work with a new police chief. The city is still looking for a leader to replace Cerelyn ‘CJ’ Davis, who left in June.
Surveys open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. WRAL News will have the results as they arrive on WRAL-TV or in the WRAL News app. The two candidates who get the most votes in Tuesday’s election will qualify for the November general election.
Elections originally scheduled for Tuesday in Cary and Raleigh have been postponed due to late 2020 census results.
Cary will now hold his next municipal election on March 8, and in Raleigh, a municipal election will be held on November 8, 2022.