Candidates for Durham’s elected offices started filing to run on Feb. 12. While there are a few newcomers so far, most are incumbents seeking re-election.
Here’s who filed in the first week:
With longtime politician H.M. “Mickey” Michaux, 87, not seeking re-election, candidate Zack Hawkins is hoping to fill his seat in the N.C. House. Hawkins, a former Durham Public Schools teacher, is endorsed by Michaux. Hawkins, a Democrat who lives in Durham, is seeking the District 31 seat. Libertarian Erik Raudsep, who also lives in Durham, is also running for the District 31 seat.
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Incumbent Marcia Morey (D), who lives in Durham, is running for the District 30 House seat.
Incumbent MaryAnn Black (D), who lives in Durham, is running for the District 29 seat.
House District 54 has two candidates: incumbent Robert T. Reives II, a Democrat who lives in Goldston; and Emmette Stobbs Jr., a Republican who lives in Durham.
In the N.C. Senate, Floyd McKissick Jr. (D), who lives in Durham, is running for re-election to his District 20 seat.
Incumbent Mike Woodard (D), who lives in Durham, is running for re-election to his District 22 seat. He is being challenged by Rickey Padgett, a Republican who lives in Bahama.
There are new state Senate district maps for 2018.
Durham School Board
Three school board incumbents — Chairman Mike Lee (District 1) and members Matt Sears (District 3) and Natalie Beyer (District 4) — have all filed for re-election.
School board member Bettina Umstead (District 2), who was appointed to the board in October 2016 to complete the term of former member Sendolo Diaminah after he stepped down in August 2016, is seeking election.
Two challengers have stepped forward since the filing period opened Monday, Feb. 12.
Antonio Jones, 37, a finance management analyst at Duke University, has filed for election to the District 4 seat held by Beyer.
Jones was featured in a story published by The Herald-Sun last July discussing the importance of the next superintendent selected to lead the Durham Public Schools.
Pebbles Lindsay-Lucas, a Durham Public Schools parent who co-chairs the Education Committee of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People, is challenging Lee in District 1.
Durham County Sheriff
Mike Andrews is seeking re-election. He’s being challenged by Clarence Birkhead. Both are Democrats.
Roger Echols (D) filed Tuesday to run for re-election as Durham County District Attorney. So far he has no challengers.
Durham County Clerk of Superior Court
Archie Smith, who lives in Rougemont, is seeking re-election.
U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D) is seeking re-election in U.S. House District 1.
Roger W. Allison (R) is running for the District 1 U.S. House seat.
U.S. Rep. David Price (D) filed for re-election to District 4.
Richard L. Watkins (D) filed as a challenger in U.S. House District 4.
The filing period closes Feb. 28 at noon.
Look up your voting district and polling places: dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-elections.
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