Andrews takes first in sheriff’s race
Mike Andrews got a vote of confidence from Durham County on Tuesday, two years after stepping in to succeed former Sheriff Worth Hill.
Andrews, running in his first election, outpaced two Democratic competitors in the primary election. No Republicans ran.
According to unofficial results, Andrews took 13,304 votes or 56.28 percent of the ballots cast in the primary.
Barring a surprise unaffiliated or write-in candidate this summer, Andrews will get to keep the job.
“I’m very excited that the people supported me,” Andrews said Tuesday night. “The people in my campaign worked very hard for the past three months. I’m excited that the results turned out in my favor.”
He thanked his competitors for a clean race.
Clarence Birkhead, a onetime candidate for Orange County Sheriff and former Duke University police chief, had said he wanted to make sure people inside and outside the city limits of Durham were properly served by the department.
He finished in second place Tuesday, with 9,125 votes or 38.6 percent of ballots cast.
Third place went to Richard Buchanan, a 30-year veteran of the Durham County Sheriff’s Office. He had run on a platform that called for more community involvement, including the enlistment of retired police investigators to handle cold cases.
He received 1,209 votes or 5.11 percent of ballots cast in the race.
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