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Sheriff candidate faces fine for not turning in campaign finance report

Clarence Birkhead, former police chief for Duke University and the town of Hillsborough, is running for Durham County sheriff.
Clarence Birkhead, former police chief for Duke University and the town of Hillsborough, is running for Durham County sheriff.

Durham County sheriff candidate Clarence Birkhead faces fines of $50 a day until he turns in his campaign finance report that was due at 5 p.m. Monday.

Birkhead hadn't turned in his first-quarter campaign finance report as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, said George McCue, Durham County’s deputy director of elections.

Birkhead said Wednesday his treasurer is on top of the situation and will file the report soon.


"I know he had all the documents. We are going to get it filed as quickly as possible," Birkhead said.


"I am sure it was just a matter of having all the information completed" before his treasurer filed the paperwork, he said.

Some campaigns don’t have to turn in the report if they aren’t going to raise more than $1,000, but McCue said that doesn’t apply to Birkhead’s campaign committee.

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Even though the daily fines of $50 starts the day after the missed deadline, state procedure requires the county to wait five days to send a letter of noncompliance to Birkhead reminding him he has not submitted the required report and that he is subject to fines.

Birkhead is challenging incumbent Sheriff Mike Andrews, who was appointed sheriff in 2011 by retiring Sheriff Worth Hill. Andrews, who was elected to his first full term in 2014, turned in his report by Monday's deadline.

Birkhead is a former Duke University and town of Hillsborough police chief who unsuccessfully ran for Orange County sheriff in 2010 and Durham County sheriff in 2014.

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