Second-place NC mayoral primary candidate ends campaigning
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — The second-place finisher in a North Carolina mayoral primary last week has suspended her campaign, leaving a former judge as the only active candidate for next month’s general election.
Javiera Caballero, a city council member who received one-quarter of the mayoral vote in the seven-member nonpartisan primary, announced the suspension on Monday, news outlets reported.
Elaine O’Neal led the field with 68% of the vote, according to official results. The top two vote-getters advanced to the Nov. 2 general election. Both names will remain on that ballot.
“From the beginning, I knew this campaign would be an uphill battle,” Caballero wrote in a statement. “I also knew I owed it to my community to stand up, to take one more step in making sure that our immigrant community in Durham feels seen.”
Caballero, who will keep serving out her city council term, was endorsed by the Durham People’s Alliance PAC, Durham Association of Educators and Mayor Steve Schewel, who is not seeking a third term.
Former Mayor Bill Bell endorsed O’Neal, who spent over 20 years on the bench and later headed Durham’s racial equity task force. O’Neal would become the city’s first Black woman as mayor.