A look at Durham's candidates for mayor, City Council in its upcoming general election

Durham will pick its next mayor and three Durham City Council members in its general election on Nov. 7. 

With two candidates in the running for mayor and five City Council hopefuls, The Chronicle profiled each of the candidates, outlining their experience and priorities. 

Before you cast your votes, The Chronicle has compiled a guide to the candidates’ stances on Durham’s most pressing issues. To find information on changes to voter registration and polling locations, read The Chronicle’s guide to voting in the Durham general elections.

Durham mayoral candidates

Here are the mayoral candidates in the running, in order of how they fared in the Oct. 10 primary election:

Leonardo Williams

A sitting Durham City Council member, Williams is running to help Durham realize its full potential. As mayor, he plans to expand public transportation, develop the workforce, combat crime and create a unified city culture.

Mike Woodard

Woodard is currently representing Duke and Durham in the North Carolina Senate and has previously served on the Durham City Council. His main priorities include making Durham safer, protecting the environment and building a more robust economy.

Durham City Council candidates

Here are the city council candidates in the running, in order of how they fared in the Oct. 10 primary election:

Nate Baker

A Durham native, Baker hopes to use his experience as an urban planner to work in the city council on three priorities: planning for people, protecting the environment and prioritizing good government.

Javiera Caballero

As the first Latina member of Durham City Council, Caballero focused on language accessibility during her term. If re-elected, she hopes to prioritize community safety, public transportation and sustainability. 

Carl Rist

Rist received a master’s degree in public policy at Duke and hopes to prioritize economic reform, affordable housing, sustainability and community safety if elected to city council.

Khalilah Karim

Karim moved to Durham in 2014 and currently works with the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters. Her platform focuses on community, the economy and the environment. 

Monique Holsey-Hyman

Holsey-Hyman was appointed to the Durham City Council in May 2022 to fill a vacant seat. Holsey-Hyman’s platform revolves around creating a safer community, addressing Durham’s affordable housing crisis, empowering Durham youth through mentorship and promoting equitable access to a clean environment.  


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Jothi Gupta | University News Editor

Jothi Gupta is a Trinity sophomore and a university news editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.

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