WHAT DOES IT DO?
What did you do this morning? If you went to school, used a library, voted in Kids Voting or as an adult, or visited the school nurse, or interacted with your school SROs, Durham County Government was affecting you every step of the way. It provides funding for our schools, runs our library system, oversees foster care and adoptions, manages juvenile justice, and provides community health and safety services.
HOW IS IT RUN?
Durham is led by 5 County Commissioners. Durham County Commission elections are held every4 years, and each Commissioner is elected to a 4-year term. Commissioner Candidates run in partisan races, where they are affiliated with a political party. All of the 15 candidates who are running for County Commissioner are Democrats. No candidates have filed to run for the Republican or other parties. Because of that, the 5 candidates chosen in the Democratic Primary Election will likely be the only candidates on the ballot for the County Commissioner General Election in November 2020.
Durham County Commissioners are responsible for making policy for the County Government, hire & oversee the Durham County Manager, who runs the day-to-day operations of the county.
2020 Youth Candidate Guide
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