[The Triangle Tribune] Aminah Thompson unseats 20-year incumbent Archie Smith

DURHAM – Durham County Magistrate Aminah Thompson has earned the Democratic nomination for Durham County Clerk of Superior Court. Challenging well-liked and 20-year incumbent Archie Smith, Thompson and her team knew they were in for a fight.

But with an astounding 65.3% of the votes and no challenger on the November ballot, Thompson is the presumptive winner. She will be the first African American elected to this position.

“All I can say is thank you. Thank you for your support, your time, your prayers, and your vote. Over the last six months, I have connected with friends, neighbors, and community leaders. You have shared with me your stories, your concerns, and your expectations. I look forward to being a part of the much-needed change in our courts and our community. Now, the hard work begins,” she said.

As Clerk of Superior Court, Thompson will:

* Focus on decreasing land loss in historically underrepresented communities

* Reassess outdated methods to enhance the effectiveness of court operation

* Exemplify fairness and build confidence in the judiciary

* Ensure equal access to the court system and its resources

Learn more about Thompson’s vision for Durham at