ENDORSEMENTS

DeDreana is deeply appreciative for your words of support and the outpouring of love this campaign season and always.

Check out some of her endorsements below.

Letter of Endorsement from Katie Mgongolwa and Sondra Stein

Mark-Anthony Middleton was elected to Durham City Council in 2017.

Ellen Reckhow served as a Durham County Commissioner from 1988 to 2020.

  • E. Lavonia Allison, Chair Emeritus, Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People

  • Nate Baker, Urban Planner - “DeDreana has a proven track record of progressive policymaking in Durham.”

  • Torrey Green, Gang Intervention Specialist (Fatherhood Initiative)

  • Zack Hawkins, NC House District 31

  • Gann Herman, Active in FedUp, NC Poor People’s Campaign, and End Poverty Durham

  • James Hill, Former County Commissioner

  • Undreya Hudson, Community Organizer

  • Shelia Huggins, Attorney

  • Donald Hughes, Program Coordinator

  • Antonio Jones, Chair of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People

  • Pam Karriker, Small Business Owner

  • Tracy Lovett, 4th Congressional District Aide - “[DeDreana is] Very Active in the Community.”

  • Katushka Olave, Patoral Care Associate

  • Elaine O'Neal, Former Chief District Court Judge and Superior Court Judge

  • Nicole Oxendine, Small Business Owner

  • Bwana Payeye Kizito, Small Business Owner - “She is great!”

  • Emily Roberts, Small Business Owner - “I lived in Ward 1 and experienced a really difficult time there. I was very active in calling on council members to act and get some short-term solutions to help alleviate the gun violence we were experiencing - you and Mark-Anthony were the only folks to take a stance on doing that. And it was a turn from what I believe you initially thought. You LISTENED to us. You didn’t try to force an agenda…and while I didn’t agree with you on every stance, I respected you for listening to our concerns and taking a stance for us.”

  • Susan Ross, Business Owner - “She has been a progressive leader for Durham who values relationship building across all parts of the community. We need her experience and her wisdom in the years ahead.”

  • Gina Marie Sanatore, Lifelong Democrat - “She strives to represent the best in all of us. She seeks truth, equality and justice for all.”

  • Kandie Smith, NC House District 8 - “I have worked with Councilwoman Freeman on several occasions and I love her passion to fight for her community. She has always been a forward thinking person, working towards equity and inclusion. Councilwoman Freeman has also been a part of groups who encourage others to get involved in their community. She is a grassroots person who is not afraid to speak truth to power.”

  • Tim Tyson, Author, Historian, Research Scholar - “I see DeDreana as a brilliant, devoted public servant trying to be a bridge between communities and to help bring positive, practical change that will make Durham more just, safe, equitable and prosperous. Her vibrant and loving spiritual grounding keeps her focused on the needs of the most vulnerable among us. I urge you to support her re-election to the Durham City Council.”

  • Rev. Mel Williams, Coordinator, End Poverty Durham/Pastor Emeritus, Watts St. Baptist Church - “DeDreana is committed to racial equity and economic opportunity for all residents. She is passionate, bringing grit and grace as she advocates for the values of faith, justice, and hope. I am glad to add my support for DeDreana's re-election to the City Council.”

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