BIG: Durham Mayor Bill Bell Stands with Elaine Marshall!

william_bellElaine Marshall has won two HUGE victories in the battle for the Durham vote today.

Durham Mayor Bill Bell and the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People announced they were both supporting Elaine's campaign today for U.S. Senate. Both candidates in the runoff election have focused heavily on Durham -- Elaine placed second in the primary behind Ken Lewis, who is now her Campaign Chairman, and these latest endorsements highlight the momentum our campaign has.

It is time for us to unite behind Elaine Marshall. In my opinion Marshall's better suited to beat Burr, and she's proven that she's ready to stand up and fight for the people of North Carolina. -- Mayor Bell

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“Support from Mayor Bill Bell and the Durham Committee highlight our efforts in Durham. I’m proud to have their support.

These two endorsements follow a series of important local announcements for Elaine. The Durham-based Independent Weekly endorsed her last Wednesday along with trailblazing Civil Rights leader and former North Carolina Central University Chancellor Julius Chambers. Last Friday, Elaine also received big boosts from from key members of Durham's state legislative delegation: Senator Floyd McKissick, Representative Larry Hall, and Representative Mickey Michaux.

These endorsements add to our campaign's solid base of support in Durham. Her former rival Ken Lewis, who carried Durham May 4th, has endorsed Elaine and is now Campaign Chair and the People’s Alliance, a progressive advocacy group in Durham, endorsed her in March.

Elaine was also named "Outstanding Democratic Woman Elected Official" for 2010 this weekend. Not a bad start to the week with less than two weeks left until the June 22nd runoff.

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Good work & good message

I thought I'd share my latest e-mail from the Marshall camp, and thank them for keeping its focus right on target with Burr.

Jake -

The stories are horrific: lives have been ruined and businesses have been devastated in the Gulf of Mexico while the environment has been tarnished by the worst oil spill in history. This is a wake-up call for Washington and a stern reminder of the need for a new energy policy.

But Republican Senator Richard Burr continues to call for offshore drilling in our state while British Petroleum and the oil companies fund his reelection campaign.

This year, only four United States Senators have taken more money from BP than Richard Burr. It's precisely the reason he said this week that he has "no criticism" for the oil company that caused one of the worst environmental disasters in history.

Get involved today to help retire one of British Petroleum's favorite Senators!

In 2008, Richard Burr co-sponsored legislation that would have expanded deep-sea drilling off our state's coast; exactly the same method that is wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Mexico. His actions were irresponsible then - and they're irresponsible now.

North Carolina can't afford this kind of disaster - and we cannot afford another six years of having a Senator in the pocket of Big Oil. It's time for a change in Senator.

Make calls from home this week and help our campaign win on June 22nd:

Yes! I can do a shift today - Monday!

Yes! I can do a shift later this week!

Can't make calls - but I'll chip in $5 or more to fund the campaign!

Unlike Burr, I will listen to the people of North Carolina and fight against all efforts to tarnish our shores. But I'm going to need your continued support to retire him.

Thanks for everything,

Elaine Marshall