Pro-personhood candidate for Durham mayor advances to general election

Pro-personhood candidate for Durham mayor advances to general election

Oct. 22, 2013

DURHAM, NC — Sylvester Williams, one of two candidates for Durham mayor to win a three-way race in the Oct. 8 primary and advance to the general election, is taking a stand for personhood and the right to life. General election day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Williams was the only candidate to respond to a candidate questionnaire sent to each of the candidates for mayor or city council in Durham. The questions were as follows:

  1. Do you believe that every human being is endowed by the Creator with an unalienable right to life?
    Yes    No    Undecided
  2. Do you believe that every human being is a unique person and should be regarded as a person under the law?
    Yes    No    Undecided
  3. If elected, would you support a personhood ordinance that puts every human being in Durham under the protection of the 5th and 14th amendments? (Amendment 5 says, "No person shall ... be deprived of life ... without due process of law." Amendment 14 says, "... nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.")
    Yes    No    Undecided

The candidates' answers to the questions, their position on the North Carolina Marriage Protection Amendment, and other candidate information are as follows:

Name on ballot 1. 2. 3. NCMPA Website Email
     Candidates for mayor
William V. (Bill) Bell NR1 NR NR Against,,
Sylvester Williams Yes Yes Yes For,
    Candidate for City Council Ward 1
Cora Cole-McFadden NR NR NR Against,
    Candidates for City Council Ward 2
Omar Beasley NR NR NR Against
Eddie Davis NR NR NR Against
    Candidates for City Council Ward 3
Pam Karriker NR2 NR NR For
Don Moffitt NR NR NR Against
  1. Two years ago Mayor Bell said that he believes the right to life begins at birth.
  2. When she was a county commissioner, Karriker voted to give county tax dollars to Planned Parenthood.

The content of Pastor Williams's campaign website is consistent with his answers to the questions. The website says under MY PLEDGE:

  • Promote the well-being of ALL people in Durham.
  • Defend the right to life for all innocent persons from fertilization to death.
  • Defend the God-given institution of one-man, one-woman marriage

For more information about human life ordinances, see

Election schedule

According to the Durham County Board of Elections website, early voting at the Board of Elections office began at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, and ends at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. All voting places in Durham County are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. on election day. For more details, see the DCBOE website.

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