On Monday, the council voted 4-2 to appoint Pierce Freelon to the council's Ward Three seat.
That seat becoming open when Vernetta Alston resigned to transition to the 29th District seat in the State House of Representatives.
Freelon is the son of the late noted architect Phil Freelon.
Pierce Freelon ran unsuccessfully for Durham mayor in 2017 -- and for state senate earlier this year.
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