Record of Service

Commissioner, Durham County – 1988 to Present, Chairman (2002-2008), Vice-Chairman (1994-2002 and 2008-2012) Ellen serves on the following boards and commissions: Durham County: Durham Crime Cabinet (Initiated, Co-Chair) Durham City-County Committee Durham Open Space and Trails Commission Durham Arts Council Board Carolina Theatre Board East Durham Children’s Initiative Executive Committee Durham Chamber of Commerce Transportation [...]


I am proud of the County’s recent accomplishments and my contribution to the effort. Specific accomplishments include: 1. Preserved our Triple A bond rating and strengthened our fiscal position due to conservative budgeting and financial management 2. Promoted strong economic development including expansion of Fidelity, Harris Beverage, Bayer Crop Science, and Syngenta, along with many [...]

Stand on Issues

Her Perspective: “I will continue to be a champion for safe neighborhoods, sustainable development, sound educational programs, and accountable user friendly government.” We have accomplished a great deal in the last four years. Our downtown and overall economy are booming and we continue to earn national accolades. Now we need to assure that this success improves [...]