Durham sheriff dominates in fundraising

May. 01, 2014 @ 05:55 PM

Campaign finance reports in the primary for Durham County Sheriff show incumbent Mike Andrews winning the battle of the bucks.
According to a report filed April 25, Andrews had built a campaign war chest of more than $27,000, with contributions from local notables including:
• County commissioners Ellen Reckhow, Michael Page and Wendy Jacobs
• Ernie Mills, co-founder of the Durham Rescue Mission
• Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr.
• Virginia Bowman, president and owner of Northgate Mall
• Former Sheriff Worth Hill, who tapped Andrews to succeed him when he retired in 2012.
He’s also received contributions from retired police officers, current employees of the Sheriff’s Office and educators from Duke University and Durham Public Schools.
His outside campaign contributions come from relatively close by in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, although he did get a contribution from an international investigator in Kernersville and in-kind contributions of yard signs from someone in Rockville Centre, New York.
His two opponents, also Democrats, don’t seem to be faring quite as well.
Richard Buchanan, a 30-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office before he retired in 2012 soon after Andrews took charge, got about $5,900 in contributions – mostly from his own pocket, a Duke University electrician, towing service operator David Smith, a retiree from Cedar Grove and a car dealership employee in Wilmington.
It’s unclear how much financial support Clarence Birkhead, former Duke University police chief, has garnered.
The Durham County Board of Elections hadn’t received a report from him.
Steven Simos, deputy director of the board, said that if his office doesn’t receive Birkhead’s report by Friday with an April 28 postmark (deadline for filing this period), Durham County will report his delinquency to the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
Birkhead could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Early voting for the May 6 primary ends this weekend.

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