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Thomas A. Stith III is a North Carolina political figure. Stith was a member of the city council of Durham, North Carolina from 1999 to 2007. More recently, he has served as Program Director for Economic Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. [1]

North Carolina State of the United States of America

North Carolina is a state in the southeastern region of the United States. It borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. North Carolina is the 28th-most extensive and the 9th-most populous of the U.S. states. The state is divided into 100 counties. The capital is Raleigh, which along with Durham and Chapel Hill is home to the largest research park in the United States. The most populous municipality is Charlotte, which is the second-largest banking center in the United States after New York City.

Durham, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Durham is a city in and the county seat of Durham County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population to be 251,893 as of July 1, 2014, making it the 4th-most populous city in North Carolina, and the 78th-most populous city in the United States. Durham is the core of the four-county Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 542,710 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates. The US Office of Management and Budget also includes Durham as a part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area, which has a population of 2,037,430 as of U.S. Census 2014 Population Estimates.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), also known as UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or simply Carolina is a public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is the flagship of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system. After being chartered in 1789, the university first began enrolling students in 1795, which also allows it to be one of three schools to claim the title of the oldest public university in the United States. Among the claimants, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the only one to have held classes and graduated students as a public university in the eighteenth century.


In 2012, Governor-elect Pat McCrory named Stith his transition director [2] and as the Governor's Chief of Staff when McCrory assumed office in January 2013. [3]

Pat McCrory American politician

Patrick Lloyd McCrory is an American businessman, politician, and radio host who served as the 74th Governor of North Carolina from January 2013 to January 1, 2017. He served as the 53rd Mayor of Charlotte from 1995 to 2009, and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States Homeland Security Advisory Council from 2002 to 2006.

Political career

An alumnus of North Carolina Central University, Stith worked for the conservative John William Pope Civitas Institute. He was first elected to the Durham City Council in 1999 and re-elected in 2001 and 2003, holding one of the at-large seats on the council.

North Carolina Central University university

North Carolina Central University (NCCU), also known as simply Central, is a public, historically black university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by James E. Shepard in affiliation with the Chautauqua movement in 1909, it was supported by private funds from both Northern and Southern philanthropists. It was made part of the state system in 1923, when it first received state funding and was renamed as Durham State Normal School. It added graduate classes in arts and sciences, and professional schools in law and library science in the late 1930s and 1940s.

Stith unsuccessfully campaigned for the Republican nomination for North Carolina Lieutenant Governor in the 2004 election cycle.

2007 mayoral campaign

Stith ran for mayor of Durham against incumbent Democrat Bill Bell in 2007. [4] [5] Stith attacked Bell over several city issues including violence. During the weekend of October 13 and October 14, two people were murdered in Durham. On October 15, Bill Bell tried to calm the public about the murders, claiming the city was safe and the weekend murders were not random. The next day, Stith went after Bell, pointing out that Durham's murder rate was up nearly 50 percent over the previous year. Stith and Bell continued to argue over how to deal with Durham crime. Stith consistently claimed that he would fight crime more consistently than Bell had, while Bell said that Stith had six years on the town council to do that. Stith said he wanted to see more police officers on the streets, while Bell said the current police officers are well equipped. [6] [7]

Bill Bell (mayor) American mayor

Born "William V. Bell," Bill Bell is an American politician who served as the mayor of Durham, North Carolina. Mr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Science and Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and New York University, respectively.

In late October 2007, after lead was found in Durham drinking water, Stith sent out a campaign mailer that said in bold letters: "Bill Bell knew and didn't tell us our water was dangerous to drink." Mayor Bell responded to this by saying "That mailer sent out by Thomas Stith was a complete lie." Mayor Bell also said that Stith had no leadership experience. [8]

Stith lost to Bell in the election on November 6, 2007, garnering approximately 42% of the vote to Bell's 58%. [9] [10] Stith's at-large seat on the City Council was won by Farad Ali, marking the end of Stith's stint as a council member. [11]

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  1. Kenan Institute
  2. News & Observer: McCrory introduces steering committee, fields questions Archived 2012-11-12 at the Wayback Machine .
  3. News & Observer: McCrory begins naming administration members Archived 2013-10-24 at the Wayback Machine .
  4. | Local election season cranks up Friday Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine .
  5. | Durham councilman takes on mayor [ permanent dead link ]
  6. Recent Durham murders at the center of mayoral race 10/16/07
  7. | Mayor's race locked in on crime [ permanent dead link ]
  8. | Durham mayoral candidates tangle Archived 2007-10-26 at the Wayback Machine .
  9. November, 2007 Election Results :: Archived 2011-05-16 at the Wayback Machine .
  10. | Bell turns back Stith in Durham Archived October 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine .
  11. "Raleigh, Durham farewells" [ permanent dead link ]News & Observer 24 November 2007. Retrieved on 6 December 2007.