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Results in Durham

Bill Bell cruised to an easy victory, re-elected to a third term as mayor of Durham.

Durham Mayor
Jonathan Alston 2,960 14%
William Bell 17,925 86%
Precincts Reporting – 56 out of 57 – 98%

Durham City Council Ward 1
Cora Cole-McFadden 14,801 77%
Victoria Peterson 4,531 23%
Precincts Reporting – 56 out of 57 – 98%

This was the other race I was watching, to see how many turned out to support homo-bigot Victoria Peterson, who I knew would lose, but I wanted to see a nice trouncing. She’s one of our local AmTaliban. From an earlier post:

In 2003, she testified before the County Commissioners to urge them not to extend partnership benefits because: “Many of them are infected with diseases, and their lifestyles are very, very dangerous,” Peterson told the board. “Many don’t live to be senior citizens. Who’s going to pay this expense if they get sick in their gay lifestyle?” And here’s another gem of her reasoning: “The gay community makes plenty of money. Just because of how you have sex, does not mean anyone is entitled to special rights.”

The measure passed, making Durham North Carolina’s first county to enact domestic partner benefits. Chapel Hill and Carrboro also offer domestic-partner benefits to both heterosexual and same-sex couples. Peterson threatened to sue the county over the passage of the measure.

When a bill to add sexual orientation to state anti-discrimination was defeated in 2003, she said: “They could come to work dressed one day looking like a female and two weeks later looking like a male. We do not recognize people who actively engage in a gay lifestyle.”

The scary thing is she made it out of the primaries this year, something she didn’t manage to do the last time around. The precinct-by-precinct vote is here, so you can see where those Peterson votes came from.

Other races:

Durham City Council Ward 2
Howard Clement 11,888 60%
Regina Stanley-King 7,789 40%
Precincts Reporting – 56 out of 57 – 98%

Durham City Council Ward 3
John Best 5,589 27%
Mike Woodard 14,799 73%
Precincts Reporting – 56 out of 57 – 98%

The $110 million, eight-bond referendum skated through.

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