The Durham mayor's primary shook out about how everyone expected, with Steve Schewel and Farad Ali moving on. The only surprise? Schewel lapped the field, clearing a majority of votes—51 percent to Ali's 29 percent—and setting himself up as the clear favorite for the general election.
As we did in the primary, we wholeheartedly endorse Schewel for mayor. (Yes, Schewel founded The Independent Weekly. But he sold the paper before anyone involved in this decision worked here.) Schewel has a wealth of experience, and he's a living embodiment of Durham's activist ethos. On the city council, he's been a leader of a stout progressive bloc, and his knowledge of the issues facing the city is unrivaled. Ali has a decent enough résumé, but Schewel deserves your vote.