Durham NC City Council chooses finalists to fill grand seat


Cars drive down Mangum Street outside Durham Town Hall in January 2019.

Cars drive down Mangum Street outside Durham Town Hall in January 2019.


Durham City Council has narrowed the list of 21 candidates seeking to fill a universal seat to four candidates.

The board announced its top picks to fill the vacancy during its Thursday business session. They are:

Nate Bakeroriginally from Durham, an urban planner who has served on the city’s planning commission since 2018.

Nicole Diggsa graduate of Central North Carolina University, who currently serves on the city’s Affordable Housing Implementation Committee.

Monique Holsey Hymanwho sits on the Durham Citizens’ Advisory Council and the County Commissioners’ Social Services Board.

Henry McKoy Jr.a professor at NCCU’s School of Business and a community leader active in the Hayti Reborn initiative.

The seat at large was previously held by Charlie Reece, who resigned in early March over his family’s move to Europe. The term runs until December 2023.

The council is made up of seven members, including the mayor and three council members representing specific wards, for a two-year term. The three members of the board at large serve four-year terms.

Council will question the finalists in a special session at City Hall on Monday, May 2 at 4 p.m.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Applicants may invite a total of 10 speakers to express their support virtually or in person.

The nominee will be sworn in on Thursday, May 5 at the start of the council’s working session.

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