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Nov. 5 – Detric Leggett endorses Bill Durrence in District 2 Runoff and sign a ‘Campaign Cooperation’ document

Category: 2018 Local and State Elections

By Lou Phelps Savannah Business Journal

November 5, 2015 – One of District 2’s unsuccessful challengers to Alderman Mary Osborne, Detric Leggett who came in third, has endorsed Bill Durrence in his runoff election against Osborne on Dec. 1.

Leggett and Durrence had agreed more than a month ago that they would support each other if there was a runoff, working to bring new representation to District 2. 

And, Leggett participated in a “Unity Rally” at City Hall on Monday, the day before the election, publicly stating that if elected he would work cooperatively with the County Commission and School Board, and with whomever was successful in the District 2 race. 

But, Leggett and Durrence have taken things a step further, creating a written document on the issues that they both agree to work on together if Durrence is elected. 

“I’m honored to have Detric’s support,” said Durrence, in an interview Wednesday morning.  “We will be working together on many things for the next four years.”

On Wednesday, Durrence, Leggett, Lee Hughes – who managed Durrence’s campaign, and members of Detric’s campaign team met for lunch at Off the Grill, a local restaurant on Waters Ave., to talk about economic redevelopment ideas and opportunities for that corridor, and to support a local business there.

Leggett has been active in the Water’s Ave. Business Association.  

“As I have said throughout the campaign, if she has done nothing as Alderman for the past 8 years to revitalize Waters Avenue, why should we give Mary the rest of the city in which to do nothing. It is for this reason that I set aside the issues that often separate, and lend my campaigns support and endorsement to Bill Durrence,” said Leggett in a statement Wednesday.

“Our campaigns have developed a friendship and working relationship throughout our

competition.  Bill’s understanding of the city, willingness to actively engage the WHOLE

of the new 2nd District, combined with his focus on community and economic

development leads me to feel that his work on council will bolster my continuing work as

a community activist out on the streets. And for this reason, I look forward to many years

of working together to make Savannah and the 2nd District a better place for all

regardless of race, income, orientation or length of residency.”

In their written document, Durrence has agreed that these are goals he sees need to be addressed, working with Leggett to set “Goals and Needs to be Addressed.”   They are:


  • To be oriented with a positive, issues and goal campaign, as we have run so far.

  • See racial diversity in campaign and active door to door outreach on Eastside of district.

  • Help identify the holdup of the Waters Avenue Revitalization Project and get work

                        started so that residents and business owners can see the development                                                 promised.

  • Hold quarterly meetings on the Eastside/Waters, allowing Leggett to be a force for

                        engaging the neighborhood, filling the room and advising on agendas.

  • Take on our platform issues of transparency by creating a district council, with office

                        hours and by giving full focus to youth services.

  • Support our Safe Zone houses that we are going to develop with the DA, and other nonprofits starting on Seiler - strengthening neighborhood policing.


Leggett has also asked if Durrence’s team would help him in his post-campaign efforts to raise funds to pay back loans he took from his family to finance the ending days of his campaign.  

According to Hughes, “We are glad to work with Leggett on this.  It is only $1,200.”   

Leggett said that this would allow him to focus on run-off campaigning rather than working to honor debts that would have been covered in runoff fundraising.

Bill Durrence has also committed, with full transparency , that he is committed to helping Leggett work on seeking public office in the future. “I hope he will,” Durrence added.

The agreement concludes, “This is not asked as a means of negotiation, but rather as a matter of parameters required for the Leggett Campaign to most fully support the runoff elections. We are committed to change in the second district seat.”

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