The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People picked no favorites at its endorsement meeting Saturday, Committee Chairwoman Lavonia Allison (right) said this afternoon.
"No endorsement for the mayor race, no endorsement for City Council," she said.
Mayoral candidate Sylvester Williams released a statement Saturday, saying that he had been endorsed by the group's political committee, though not by the Durham Committee as a whole.
That was incorrect and improper, Allison said, because under Durham Committee rules any endorsement requires the full Committee's agreement. No committee make take a position on its own, she said.
"No standing committee is autonomous," said Allison, and endorsement announcements may be made only by the Durham Committee's chairman.