In this year's episode of Durham's Next Top Mayor, we have an incumbent, a personnel manager at Walmart, an American Man Protecting His Home and Family and a Time Warner Cable worker/youth development advocate. The candidate voters do not pick this fall will pack his or her bags and immediately go back home.
Here are the contestants:
- Seeking his eighth term, Democratic incumbent Bill Bell, who has been in local politics since the Earth cooled, faces three challengers:
Durham Mayor Bill Bell, running for his eighth and final term
- Tammy Lightfoot, a personnel manager at Walmart in Morrisville. She registered to vote as unaffiliated in Durham County last summer, but she never voted here, according to N.C. Board of Elections. Pro tip: Vote in a few local elections before deciding to seek the city's highest office. She was previously registered to vote in Vance and Edgecombe counties.
- We don't want to read too much into this but Democrat John Everett, who organized a campaign committee in March, just got around to filing today, the very last day. We looked at his campaign's statement of organization form, and he's bequeathed half of his leftover contributions to the organization American Man Protecting Their Homes and Families, which we can find no record of. The other half goes to Church of Ephesus, which he appears to own.
- James Lyons, who works at Time Warner Cable and is managing director of Keys to Life, a nonprofit devoted to youth development. He is a registered Democrat.
James Lyons campaign
James Lyons, Durham mayoral candidate