Durham Public Schools Board candidate John Tarantino (right) says he isn't seeking the Durham People's Alliance endorsement in his run against District 1 incumbent Omega Curtis Parker and fellow challenger Donald Hughes.
In a prepared statement Friday, Tarantino said:
"After being contacted by Kate Fellman of the People's Alliance on March 2 with a questionnaire attached, and then a followup call today, John Tarantino, candidate for School Board, had a very cordial conversation and indicated he would not be seeking the endorsement of the Alliance in this race. He went on to say that, given the election of the four incumbents in the fall City Council election, he would be stunned to see the Alliance endorse anyone other than the incumbents in this race."
Speaking to Bull's Eye, Tarantino reiterated that his talk with Fellman had "a very cordial tone" and said, "I want people to know I'm not seeking PAC endorsements but votes."
Tarantino ran unsuccessfully last year for the City Council Ward 1 seat won by incumbent Cora Cole-McFadden. Hughes was also a candidate in that election.