Mayor Bill Bell is stepping down after 16 years as mayor. A lot is being
made about that fact that he won the office 8 times. I think folks who
push that thought are missing the point. If you do a good job in Durham,
you can be re-elected forever. Mayor Bell has done a lot for minorities
and the poor. Yes, Durham has some of the highest taxes and most expansive
social programs. But, Mayor Bell is also on the side of business. I can
think of no other city in North Carolina that has expanded its business
base, revitalized its down town and has made itself more inviting to folks
all over the Triangle than Durham has over the last 16 years.
In a nutshell, Mayor Bell has successfully walked a political tight rope
during his sixteen years as Mayor of Durham. He has reached the other
side with a high degree of professionalism. A job well done, Mayor Bell.
Enjoy your retirement.