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Heron endorses Wendy Jacobs to fill her seat on Durham County board

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From correspondent Virginia Bridges

Retired Durham County Commissioner Becky Heron is putting her support behind Wendy Jacobs to finish heron's unexpired term.

“Really and truly I would like very much for Wendy to be in the seat that I was occupying,” Heron said.  “She would work just as hard as a county commissioner as she has in saving this land along New Hope Creek.”

Heron was referring to Jacobs' efforts as chair of the Erwin Area Neighborhood Group, which spearheaded and raised money to help local governments and other organizations buy a 42.8-acre tract at Erwin and Pickett roads from Duke University to prevent it from being developed.

Nine people have applied to replace Heron, who officially stepped down from her position of Aug. 1.  The other eight are Anita Daniels, Hampton Dellinger, Pamela Karriker, Tonya Kemble, Rickey Padgett, Jane Redoble, Jane Volland and William Wilson.  

Meanwhile, members of Durham County Democratic Party plans to meet tonight at White Rock Baptist Church to decide on its recommendation on who should take the seat.  The recommendation would be forwarded to the County Commissioners, who will ultimately make the decision.

Sign in begins at 6 p.m. and proceedings are expected to start at 6:30 p.m.  
While the general public can observe the proceedings, only state executive committee members, elected officials, precinct chairs or vice chairs can vote, said the party’s second vice Chairman Zack Hawkins.

Officials will consider the six candidates who have submitted formal applications to the party, and will also take nominations from the floor.

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Mark Schultz is the editor of The Chapel Hill News and The Durham News.