Roger Echols overwhelmingly defeated his two Democratic challengers Tuesday in the race for Durham County district attorney, virtually assuring his victory in the Nov. 4 general election.
Unofficial election returns showed Echols with 14,564 votes (61.4 percent), compared to attorney Brian Aus with 6,988 (29.5 percent) and Mitchell Garrell with 2,134 (9 percent).
Rogers Echols led his two opponents in total campaign contributions in the race for Durham County District Attorney during the first part of this year, according to reports filed with the N.C. Board of Elections.
Campaign receipts from Jan. 1 to April 19 totaled $26,691, of which $15,891 came from Echols. His largest contributor was Interim Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback, with $700.
Three Democrats are on the ballot for Durham County District Attorney.
They are seeking a four-year term to replace interim District Attorney Leon Stanback, who was named to complete the term of Tracey Cline when she was removed from office. Stanback is not running.
In the contests for Durham County sheriff and for district attorney, three Democrats are vying for the party’s nomination in each race. Normally, we refrain from endorsements in primaries, preferring to weigh both major parties’ nominations in the context of the general election.
Durham district attorney candidates Brian Aus and Mitchell Garrell made their pitches to the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham at its monthly meeting Thursday at Shepherds House United Methodist Church. Candidate Roger Echols spoke at the last meeting.
Aus, a defense lawyer, and Garrell, a former Durham prosecutor, both touted their decades-long ties to Durham.
Incumbent Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews and would-be District Attorney Brian Aus are among the candidates endorsed by the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance.
The organization’s 12-member board held a political screening Friday and recommended Andrews and Aus, as well as:
- Charles Blackwood for Orange County Sheriff.
- Incumbent Doretta Walker for her judicial seat.
- Challenger Steven Storch for the judicial seat currently held by Pat Evans.
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The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People on Saturday released its slate of endorsements for the upcoming primary election.
The Durham People’s Alliance wants some new faces in the school board, but favored incumbents in other contested races in the upcoming May primary election.
The Friends of Durham, a moderate to conservative political action committee, has made its endorsements in the school board races, sheriff’s race and the race for district attorney.
Durham voters will be asked to elect four school board members when they go to the polls on May 6.