(Update: The Indy's Samiha Khanna has exceptionally good coverage at the Indy's Triangulator blog. Her vote count differs from the one I heard, but they're on the same side except for order of magnitude.)
Breaking news from the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People meeting: a source tells BCR that it's Dr. Lavonia Allison, in a landslide.
Well, "landslide" being a relative term.
Allison got 22 15 out of the 25 18 votes cast, with the remaining three parceled out to the Rev. Mel Whitley.
Lest you think it was a disinterested turnout, not so: 200 people turned out for the group's meeting.
But after a parliamentary maneuver by Allison -- one which flew in the face of attorney Billy Marsh's assertion of an open voting process -- the eligibility to vote was limited to just two dozen Committee members.
We noted here this morning the possibility of two outcomes: a Whitley win, or a parliamentary maneuver to keep Allison in the seat. From reports, it looks like the latter was the case.
Interestingly, Larry Hester and Denise Hester -- a husband-and-wife team long active in the Fayetteville St. corridor, and developers who struggled to complete Rolling Hills and completed the Phoenix Square and Phoenix Crossing shopping centers, in at least one case with City financial support -- were named second vice chair and political committee chair, respectively.
From what we heard at BCR, the 175 or so who showed up at the meeting and found they couldn't vote left in none too happy a mood. Something that will beg an inevitable question in the coming months: does this give rise to an alternative African-American political movement or organization in Durham?