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City Council elections are nonpartisan. In 2017 three ward seats and the Mayor's seat are on the ballot. To run for a ward seat you must live in the ward and be a registered voter.
If there are more than two candidates for a seat, that race will be on the primary ballot. The primary narrows the field to two candidates for the General Election. If there no more than two candidates for a seat, that race is only on the General Election ballot.
All ward seats are elected city-wide (everybody gets to vote for all three ward seats).
Filing is July 7 to July 21.
The primary election is October 10.
The General Election is November 7.
For more information, visit the Durham County Board of Elections