FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2017
Striving for a United Durham
Durham, N.C. — DeDreana Freeman, a community advocate and President of the Inter-Neighborhood Council of Durham, officially announced her candidacy for City Council- Ward 1 today. A resident of the Golden Belt neighborhood, Freeman’s long history of civic engagement began when she was a young child, accompanying her mother to community meetings. In addition to serving on the Inter-Neighborhood Council, she currently holds leadership roles and serves as a member of a number of organizations, including the Durham City & County Planning Commission, Northeast Central Durham Leadership Council, and the Transportation Advisory Board. She is also a founding member of Durham Equitable Economic Partnerships, a nonprofit that aims to create affordable housing for marginalized minority communities.
When asked why she decided to run for City Council, Freeman explained that it felt like a natural progression after her years of work in the community. “I believe the people have the power to preserve this earth, shape our country, and empower our communities through our government and our politics. We have the ability to create sustainable communities that harness the ingenuity and creativity of the people of Durham and share it with the world. I want to be a community representative who works with others to harness our collective power to cultivate change: to create policies that foster economic growth & stability for all neighborhoods in Durham; to develop land use policies that support equitable development & environmental justice; to assure that our government enables each of us enjoys our civil rights and all our civil liberties.”
By serving as a Councilwoman, Freeman will be a powerful community voice to help implement policies based on the needs of the people that she continues to work with — and fight for — every day.