Filing for Durham City Council municipal candidates hasn't yet begun, but current Councilwoman Diane Catotti confirmed Monday that despite earlier plans to give up her seat in December, she now plans to run for her third term.
Catotti, who works in international health, has three children who will be starting college in the next two years, she said. With the costs of sending multiple children to college, she previously thought that she'd have to work full time and wouldn't be able to squeeze council work into her schedule.
But Catotti said she recently figured out a way to work part time and still make another council term work, if elected.
"We've addressed our financial constraints," Catotti said. "I'm not ready to go. There's lots of stuff I still want to work on and contribute."
Her priorities remain the same, she said. Among them: safer neighborhoods, more safe and affordable housing, expanded job and recreational programs for young people and a fully-funded long-range plan for mass transit, including light rail service.
Even though candidates may not file with the Board of Elections for the three expiring at-large council seats until July 25, Catotti said her news is official—her daughter even updated her Facebook profile, Catotti said.
"Durham's good and getting better," she said. "And I want to be a part of that."