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Hopkins sparks up Durham candidates forum

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Last night's forum for county commissioner candidates went off smoothly, with civility and decorum all around.

But candidate Steve Hopkins (right), an old-time community organizer, did spark up the proceedings a bit in his closing comments:

"I'm  a community activist," he said, "my campaign is about those who don't have, the homeless folks, the ex-offenders the unemployed. ... I'm loud and I'm very unconventional and these folks need me. ...

"You all know me, I'm stubborn ... you have a chance to give those who don't have a voice a voice, and it ain't going to be pretty because the community ain't pretty. ... I'm an ex-con, I'm an ex-drug user, I know what they have to deal with. ... It ain't going to be pretty but it can be done."

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Jim Wise is a Durham News/N&O reporter and columnist who follows city and county government land-use and neighborhood issues. He's author of "Durham: A Bull City Story" and "Durham Tales: The Morris Street Maple, the Plastic Cow, the Durham Day That Was and More ... "