Leo Williams for Durham Mayor

Together, We Thrive.

I love Durham, and this city has given me and my family so much — but this campaign isn’t about me. It’s about what’s best for our city now and creating a legacy for the future.


I’m a former teacher and school administrator, nonprofit leader, current small business owner, and Durham Councilmember. I’ve educated our youth to be active and engaged citizens. I continue to encourage that spirit as a small business owner by hiring and training community members most in need of a decent paying job. My entire adult life, I’ve worked to support families by creating access to opportunities and resources necessary for a better quality of life.

Prior to being on Durham City Council, I’ve helped create coalitions to combat economic disruption from COVID-19 for small businesses and restaurants, built coalitions to combat hunger across our city, and worked with community members to address the dire need to reduce crime.

Since being elected to the Council, among my accomplishments, I have focused on a citywide apprenticeship program to enhance workforce development and address the 27,000 job vacancies in Durham, helping to bridge people to better wages and housing. I have led the Taskforce on Black Men and Boys to establish concrete recommendations on addressing gun violence. I have also passed a historic budget without raising taxes and supporting our first responders.


 My vision to address these priorities is diverse housing options that allow for stable, safe, and affordable shelter, robust economic development initiatives, an infrastructure that will support multimodal transit options and expanded connectivity, an environment that is built and sustained by us all, and effective strategies to address public safety and improve the overall quality of life for all residents of Durham.

Affordable Living

A Connected City

Robost Economic Opportunites

Environmental Sustainability

Public Safety


Vote for Leonardo Williams for Mayor of Durham!

Your support means the world to me. Together, we can share our message widely, get out the vote, and engage people in voicing their concerns and their hopes for Durham. Help me make it to the finish line!

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Election Info

Voter Registration Deadlines

  • Friday, September 15th at 5:00 pm for the October 10th, 2023 Municipal Primary and Election.
  • Friday, October 13th at 5:00 pm for the November 7th, 2023 Municipal General Election.

One-Stop Early Voting:

  • Thursday, September 21st to Saturday, October 7th for the October 10th, 2023 Municipal Primary and Election.
  • Thursday, October 19th to Saturday, November 4th for the November 7th, 2023 Municipal General Election.
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