Five candidates file on opening day

February 10, 2014 

Election filing period begins

DURHAM Six incumbents and one challenger signed up to run in 2014 local elections on Monday.

Filing for re-election were District 22 State Sen. Mike Woodard; District 29 state Rep. Larry D. Hall, Sheriff Michael D. Andrews, Board of Education District 1 member Omega Curtis Parker and District 4 member Natalie Beyer, and Clerk of Superior Court Archie Smith.

Matt M. Sears, school services director at the nonprofit N.C. New Schools, filed for the District 3 Board of Education seat, currently held by Nancy Cox.

Candidate filing continues until noon, Feb. 28. A partisan primary and the school board election is May 6, with early voting opening April 24. The general election is Nov. 4.

Other local offices up for election this year are state Senate District 20; state House Districts 30, 31 and 50; six District Court judgeships; District Attorney; School Board District 2; and two District Soil and Water Commission seats.

Construction up

The city issued 114 residential building permits in January, raising the total for fiscal year 2013-14 to 706, with a total of 2,655 housing units, according to the City-County Inspections Department.

That is up from 597 permits issued through January of fiscal 2012-13. The estimated cost of the current year's permitted construction is $273.6 million, up from $175.2 million a year ago.

Ninety permits for residential additions and modifications were issued in January, the cost estimated at $6.4 million, raising the year's number to 702 and year's value to $27.8 million. That is down from the number a year ago, 776, but the cost is up from $26.6 million.

There were six non-residential permits issued in January, bringing the year's total to 85 and cost to $35.3 million. Through January 2012, 49 permits had been issued for projects costing $72.8 million.


Mayor Pro Tem Cora Cole-McFadden has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ 2014 Community and Economic Development Policy and Advocacy Committee.

This committee develops league positions on federal policies involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation, and international competitiveness.


A story in The Durham News on Sunday incorrectly reported the cost of a proposed city lease for a Ninth Street parking lot as $82,500 per month. The correct cost is $82,500 per year.

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