Durham committee offers candidate endorsements

Apr. 05, 2014 @ 09:52 PM

The Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People on Saturday released its slate of endorsements for the upcoming primary election.

The committee, one of the city’s big three political groups, decided who to back during meetings that started about 9:30 a.m.

For the District 1 seat in the Durham Public Schools Board of Education, held by Omega Curtis Parker, the DCABP opted against the incumbent and instead endorsed Mike Lee.

For the District 2 seat, the DCABP endorsed Donald Hughes – a candidate they’ve backed during at least one prior attempt at elected office.

For District 3, the DCABP endorsed Deborah Bryson.

Natalie Beyer is running unopposed for her District 4 seat, but received the committee’s endorsement.

The DCABP didn’t support the incumbent Durham County sheriff, Mike Andrews, instead recommending challenger Clarence Birkhead.

For Durham County district attorney, the committee endorsed Roger Echols.

The committee endorsed Fred Battaglia Jr. over incumbent Nancy Gordon for judicial District 14, but supported incumbents Pat Evans and Doretta Walker for other contested seats.

Other endorsements from the committee included:

-- Justice Robin Hudson for the state Supreme Court

-- Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate

-- Bruce Davis for the 6th Congressional district

-- G.K. Butterfield for the 1st Congressional district

-- David Price for the 4th Congressional district

-- Floyd McKissick for state Senate

-- Mike Woodard for state Senate

-- Larry Hall for state House

-- H.M. (Mickey) Micheaux Jr. for state House