Political newcomer Donald Hughes takes the plunge into Durham's city election tomorrow, with a 10:30 a.m. rally on Alston Avenue.
"It's just been in me for as long as I can remember," Hughes told Bull's Eye this afternoon.
Hughes is challenging two-term incumbent Cora Cole-McFadden for the Ward 1 City Council seat.
"I really want to see Durham come together and move for action," he said.
Speculation around town has put Hughes into the city council field for months. A 2005 graduate of Hillside High School and 2009 graduate of UNC-Greensboro, he has made his opinions known at several city council and county commissioners' meetings this year.
"Being a native of Durham and growing up in the community ... I saw the importance of standing up for what you believe," he said.
Hughes is the son of former city councilwoman and former Durham Public Schools board member Jackie Wagstaff, Cole-McFadden defeated Wagstaff's bid for re-election to the council in 2001.
"My mother stressed the importance of giving back to my community at an early age," Hughes said.