Briefs: Crowded fields in Durham school board races

March 3, 2014 

Election filing period wraps up

Candidate filing for the 2014 elections concluded last week. Here is how the local-office races shape up (party affiliation is shown for partisan races), according to the Durham County Board of Elections ( bit.ly/1e0Bx5R):

State Senate District 20

Floyd B. McKissick Jr, incumbent (D)

State Senate District 22

Milton Holmes (R)

Herman Joubert (R)

Mike Woodard, incumbent (D)

State House District 29

Larry D. Hall, incumbent (D)

State House District 30

Paul Luebke, incumbent (D)

State House District 31

Todd Conard (R)

H.M. "Mickey" Michaux Jr. incumbent (D)

State House District 50

Rod Chaney (R)

W. Lewis Hannah Jr. (R)

Graig R. Meyer (D), incumbent

District Attorney

Brian Aus (D)

Roger Echols (D)

Mitchell Garrell (D)

Clerk of Superior Court

Archie Smith, incumbent

Sheriff

Michael D. Andrews, incumbent (D)

Clarence Birkhead (D)

Richard Buchanan (D)

District Court Judge, Evans seat

Pat Evans, incumbent

Steven Storch

District Court Judge, Gordon seat

Fred Battaglia Jr.

Nancy E. Gordon, incumbent

Aminah M. Thompson

District Court Judge, Hill seat

James T. Hill

District Court Judge, Morey seat

Marcia Morey, incumbent

District Court Judge, Walker seat

Henry Pruette

Mark J. Simeon

Doretta L. Walker, incumbent

District Court Judge, Wilks seat

Brian C. Wilks, incumbent

Board of Education, District 1

Mike Lee

Omega Curtis Parker, incumbent

Thomas M. Poole

Board of Education, District 2

Sendolo Diaminah

Jimmy Doster

Donald A. Hughes

DeWarren K. Langley

Terrence R. Scarborough

Board of Education, District 3

Deborah Lorraine Bryson

Steven Gatlin

Matt M. Sears

Lisa Gordon Stella

Board of Education, District 4

Natalie Beyer, incumbent

The School Board election and partisan primaries are May 6, with early voting opening April 24. Runoffs, if needed, are June 24 with early voting to begin June 12.

This year’s general election date is Nov. 4, with early voting starting Oct. 23.

Man charged with synthetic marijuana

Durham police seized more than 33 pounds of synthetic marijuana Feb. 25 during a traffic stop. It was the largest synthetic marijuana seizure ever by the Durham Police Department.

Police stopped a vehicle on Interstate 85 South near Hillandale Road. Officers confiscated 15,117 grams (more than 33 pounds) of synthetic marijuana from the vehicle.

The driver, Joe K. Hardy, 36, of Montgomery Ala., was charged with Level 4 trafficking in synthetic cannabinoids (the highest level) and maintaining a vehicle for the sale or delivery of controlled substances. Hardy is in the Durham County Jail under $1 million bail. He is also being held on a federal probation violation.

Synthetic marijuana is also known as Spice and K2. It is described as a psychoactive designer drug created by spraying natural herbs with synthetic chemicals that, when consumed, produce psychoactive effects similar to cannabis.

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