November 9, 2011
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Thank you for your support, your energy, and your vote of confidence.
I'm looking forward to serving you and the City of Durham for 4 more years.
Very best regards,
October 19, 2011
Position on Upcoming Referenda
There will be two sales tax referenda on the November 8 ballot, one for transit, and one for education. I support both, and urge you to vote for them.
Both sales taxes were designed to minimize their effect on low income taxpayers, and will not effect food, prescription drugs, utilities, housing, motor vehicles, or gasoline. Effective July 1, 2011, the general sales tax in Durham County decreased by 1% to 6.75%.
The transit tax referendum is a ½ cent sales tax to support public transit, including adding
- 50,000 hours of bus service
- commuter rail from Durham to RTP and western Wake County
- light rail from Durham to UNC hospitals.
The Triangle is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation. We cannot rely on building more and more roads—they are too costly and take too long to complete. We need to fund transit solutions now.
The education referendum is a ¼ cent sales tax, which will
- fund salaries for DPS teachers (many of whom would otherwise be laid off due to cuts in state funding)
- pay debt service for DPS buildings
- support Durham Tech (including $2,500 need based grants for 300 DPS graduates)
- support pre-kindergarten education
If Durham’s citizens are to take advantage of the remarkable employment opportunities offered by Research Triangle Park, we cannot afford to drop the ball on education. A twenty-first century job will require a twenty-first century education.
October 15, 2011
Early voting starts this Thursday, October 20. Please vote early! See the schedule and locations here.
Please vote for Mayor Bell and remember, you have three votes for Council. These are at-large seats; please cast one of your three votes for me, Diane Catotti. With your other two votes, I encourage you to support incumbent City Councilman Eugene Brown and former school board member, Steve Schewel. See what the People’s Alliance has said about this slate of candidates here.
And please vote for the transit and education referenda. These are important measures to keep our city moving forward!
October 11, 2011
Thank you for your support in today’s municipal primary election. Now on to the general election on Tuesday, November 8. Please remember to vote again. And please get others out to vote—a good turnout is essential!
Thank you again.
July 26, 2011
Dear Durham Citizens:
I have been honored to serve you and the City of Durham on the City Council since 2003. Because I have a strong desire to continue my work on Council and keep Durham moving forward, I have decided to seek re-election for an At-large seat on the Durham City Council.