Durham Primary 2021: 7 candidates compete for mayor


DURHAM, NC (WTVD) – Polling stations close at 7:30 p.m. for the Durham primary elections.

Seven mayoral candidates are on the ballot.

Elaine O’Neal and Javiera Caballero are supported by key political action committees in Durham.

Check out the election results here.

O’Neal, a retired judge, has the support of the Friends of Durham and the Durham Committee on Black Affairs. Its priorities are to address transport needs, housing insecurity and poverty in Durham. She has personal experience of gun violence after gunfire killed her 22-year-old cousin last November. She says more jobs could help reduce this violence as well as poverty rates.

“You have to know your role, you have to understand your role, you have to be willing to compromise, you have to be willing to listen. And in my opinion, Judge Elaine O’Neill is best suited to do that,” said said former Mayor Bill Bell.

Caballero is a member of Durham City Council and is supported by the Durham People’s Alliance. Its priorities include affordable housing, community safety ensured by well-trained and well-paid police officers, improving infrastructure and the public transportation system. She also wants the municipal government to be more responsive and inclusive when it comes to immigrants and refugees living in Durham.

“She really knows the issues and she pushed for the right things, fought for the right things. She would be a great mayor,” said current mayor Steve Schewel.

Just over 4 percent of voters voted early.

The two people with the most votes will face off in the November general election.

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