Primary Election Durham County Commissioners and DPS Board Election Results

With 47 of 57 precincts reporting, three incumbents and two challengers have the lead within the crowded Democratic main area for Durham County Board of Commissioners.

Nimasheena Burns is presently in first place, main the race for 5 open seats by greater than 3,00zero votes.

Incumbents Wendy Jacobs, Brenda Howerton and Heidi Carter, presently going through accusations of racism from the county supervisor she has known as “baseless,” and newcomer Nida Allam spherical out the highest 5.

Alexandra Valladares is main the race for the Durham Public Schools Board of Education At-Large seat by greater than 20,00zero votes over incumbent Steve Unruhe.


Because all 15 candidates for commissioner are registered Democrats, the 5 main winners are additionally the presumptive winners of the final election.

County commissioners set the county finances and property tax charges; allocate cash to varsities, social companies and public security; and make insurance policies affecting companies, the native financial system and extra for years to come back.

Each commissioner is elected to a four-year time period and receives $25,417 per 12 months. The county commissioners chair will get $29,920 per 12 months.

Results with 47 out of 57 precincts reporting:

CandidateNumber of VotesPercentage of Votes
Nimasheena Burns41,44514.71%
Wendy Jacobs38,03113.50%
Heidi Carter36,69413.02%
Nida Allam34,85112.37%
Brenda Howerton32,87111.66%
Matt Kopac22,4857.98%
John Rooks, Jr.14,2115.04%
Michael D. Page13,9234.94%
LeVon Barnes9,7643.46%
Nate Baker8,4573.00%
Tara L. Fikes7,9812.83%
Regina Mays7,5322.67%
Fred Foster, Jr.4,6901.66%
James Hill4,5201.60%
Patrick Byker4,3501.54%


Three candidates are operating for the Durham Public Schools Board of Education at-large seat. Valladares and Paula Januzzi-Godfrey are attempting to unseat Unruhe.

Unruhe was elected to the college board in 2016 and taught in Durham Public Schools for greater than 30 years, Indy Week reported. He additionally served two phrases because the president of Durham Association of Educators and each his daughters graduated from DPS faculties, based on his marketing campaign web site.

Valladares is an organizer, an educator, a musician, a DPS mum or dad and serves on the Durham’s Human Relations Commission, based on her marketing campaign web site. She can be the Durham faculty board’s first Latina member if elected, Indy Week reported.

Januzzzi-Godfrey has labored in public faculties for 20 years, based on her marketing campaign web site. She says she’s going to give attention to advocacy and accountability for households, educators and faculties. Her two grown youngsters are DPS graduates.

Jovonia Lewis is operating unopposed in District A and Xavier Cason is operating unopposed in District B.

Results with 47 precincts reporting:


CandidateNumber of VotesPercentage of Votes
Alexandra Valladares41,82659.95%
Steven Unruhe19,90228.53%
Paula Januzzi-Godfrey7,56510.84%

District A:

▪ Jovonia Lewis: 25,843 votes

District B:

▪ Xavier Cason: 32,911 votes