Steve Schewel has already spent four years on the Durham Public Schools board. Nevertheless, he’s running for a hometown office again.
“I think maybe [because] I love Durham,” he said this week.
Schewel (right) plans to run for an at-large city council seat in this fall’s election. Candidate filing opens July 1.
Three council seats are up for election this year, and incumbent Diane Catotti has said she will not seek re-election. Councilman Eugene Brown has said he will run, while Councilman Farad Ali has yet to announce a decision.
“I came here as a freshman at Duke in 1969 and I loved the place and I’d enjoy another chance to serve,” said Schewel, who is president of Carolina Independent Publications, parent company of The Independent Weekly newspaper.
Schewel said he hasn’t formulated a campaign platform yet, but he is particularly interested in housing, recreation and public-safety issues.
“I don’t want to inflict a campaign on the public” ahead of time, he said. “I’m just trying to continue to learn a lot.”