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Endorsed by:

durham committee on the
affairs of black people

friends of durham 


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Donald was born in Durham, North Carolina, to working-class parents who understood the value of hard work and commitment to their community. Donald's dad was a construction worker from rural North Carolina. His mother worked in various jobs, from health care to catering, ultimately devoting her life to public service as a member of the Durham City Council and Durham County Board of Education. ​

As a child, Donald recognized the power of advocacy in improving the conditions of his community. Addressing the city council at just 8 years old, he advocated for better housing, safe playgrounds, and the beautification of the inner-city neighborhood in which he lived. After appearing before the city council with his classmates, improvements were made to their neighborhood. 


Donald graduated from Durham Public Schools and earned a bachelor's degree in economics from UNC-Greensboro and a master's degree in public administration from North Carolina Central University.

Meet donald

Donald worked in local government for 6 years in Washington, DC, before returning to North Carolina in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Upon his return to Durham, NC, he worked to connect overlooked and underserved communities to COVID-19 support services and vaccinations. 

Donald currently serves as the Director of Community Voice for the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation, where he is working to improve health equity in rural communities and among historically marginalized populations. 


  • North Carolina Democratic Party State Executive Committee (NCDP SEC) Member (Current)

  • Durham County Democratic Party, Precinct Vice-Chair (Current)

  • Durham Citizens Advisory Committee (Current)

  • Mayor Elaine O'Neal Transition Team Member

  • Democratic National Convention Delegate, 2008 and 2012

  • Durham Workforce Development Board, Youth Council Vice-Chair

  • Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, Youth Committee Chair

  • Durham Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC)

  • Spectacular Magazine Man of the Year, Youth Leader


"We need in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers."

-Bayard rustin

our priorities:

Students first

The COVID-19 pandemic has hurt our students, especially Black and Brown students. As we begin to recover from the losses of the last two years, our policies must be equitable and prioritize student achievement above politics.

shift power to

parents & community

When schools, parents, families, and communities are engaged, our students achieve more. I will work to shift power to parents and the community, ensuring that they are key partners in the decisions of our school system.

support our

teachers & staff


We must pay our teachers and staff more than a survival wage. $15/hr is a start, but our teachers & staff deserve to be able to live and provide for their families in the community in which they serve. We must also provide a safe working environment for all DPS employees. And we must provide for the well-being of our teachers & staff, ensuring that they have the necessary physical and mental health resources and support.




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Early Voting: April 28 - May 14