September 2017 – PAC2 Meeting Notes

Partners Against Crime – District 2 – September 2017 Meeting Notes


The September 2017 PAC 2 meeting was held Monday September 11th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria at the DPS Training Facility, 2107 Hillandale Rd (corner of Hillandale & Carver).  This PAC 2 meeting was a Mayoral and City Council Candidates Forum in preparation for the upcoming elections. Facilitators were Ginger Blubaugh and Zion Tankard.

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm. Zion welcomed everybody and gave an overview and short history of PAC 2. Ginger then explained the structure of the meeting to follow which was divided into two parts; the first hour dedicated to mayoral candidates with second hour for city council candidates. The Moderator was Pam Karriker; the Timer was Mike Schiflett.

Mayoral candidates in attendance: Farad Ali, Pierce Freelon, Steve Schewel, Sylvester Williams, and Shea Ramirez. Each candidate had two (2 minutes) to state a short bio, the reason why he/she was running for office of mayor and his/her specific vision for Durham.

City Council candidates in attendance: (for Ward 1) Cora Cole-McFadden, DeDreana Freeman, John Tarantino and Brian Callaway; (Ward 2) Dolly Reaves, Deanna Hall, LeVon Barnes, John Rooks, Jr. and Mark-Anthony Middleton: (Ward 3) Shelia Ann Huggins and Don Moffitt. Each candidate had two (2 minutes) to state a short bio, the reason why he/she was running for office of mayor and his/her specific vision for Durham.

There was a Q&A time period after the candidates presented themselves. Questions from the audience included affordable housing, more green space, pedestrian and bike paths, mental illness and police procedures, Durham as a sanctuary city, ability to build consensus using specific examples, and support of creative arts in Durham.

There were no city department updates or announcements but you can access sites listed below for information.

Parks and Rec DeptPlay More Magazine at http://durhamnc.gov/2786/Play-More or just log onto the Parks & Rec site at http://durhamnc.gov/753/Parks Recreation and click “Play More” on the left – or browse through all the other tabs on that page for lots more information.

Durham Police Dept: The crimes, statistics and notable arrests for September 2017 are available for viewing at  http://durhamnc.gov/719/Crime-Statistics, District 2 Commanders Update. ­

To see the PAC September newsletter from NIS, click http://pac2durham.org/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/PAC-Newsletter-September 2017NIS.pdf or copy/paste into browser.

Remember that you can find LOTS of great information on the City (http://durhamnc.gov/) and County (http://dconc.gov/) websites …be sure to check them out often!

(minutes prepared 9/16 by Ginger Blubaugh – co-facilitator. If you have corrections or comments, feel free to e-mail me directly at  snaps494@yahoo.com)