Recently, we were asked if it matters that Sheriff candidate Clarence Birkhead disagrees with the Hillsborough town manager about what happened with accreditation of the Hillsborough Police Department back in 2009. Our answer is that it does matter. It is an issue in this Durham Sheriff’s election. One of two candidates will become our future sheriff. Birkhead is the challenger. Mike Andrews is the incumbent. Both are good men. Neither is perfect. Who among us is?
But what really matters to PA PAC in this contest is that people do not die in Durham’s jail. During Andrews’ tenure, six people have died in the jail. What matters to us is that our law enforcement officers do not hold people whom our courts have released so that ICE agents can pick them up. Sheriff Andrews cooperates with ICE on detainer requests which have no force in law. It matters whether our neighbors’ families are split apart. It matters that Durham families live in fear of our county’s largest law enforcement agency. In this election, these are the things that really matter. We wish Clarence Birkhead had not had difficulty with accreditation when he was chief of police in Hillsborough ten years ago. But what matters in this Durham Sheriff’s election is a lot more important than that.
Clarence Birkhead offers us a chance to begin again with dignity and safety for the people held in our jail. He will not honor ICE detainer requests. He is in touch with the whole Durham community. His candidacy offers the hope that there can be a new and better relationship between Durham’s people and their law enforcement officials. If Clarence Birkhead is elected PA PAC will hold him to high standards. He knows what matters. On that basis, he has our support.
Early voting starts next Thursday and we need to elect progressive voices for a better Durham. To make that happen we’re sending our endorsements to 42,000 voters and greeting voters at every early voting site across the city. To make that happen we need:
20 new donors
20 new volunteers
Help us make Clarence Birkhead and Satana Deberry the next sheriff and DA, send David Price back to Washington and elect Mike Lee, Bettina Umstead, Matt Sears and Natalie Beyer to school board. Learn more about People’s Alliance PAC-endorsement candidates and donate or volunteer.
On March 29, more than 250 PA members--our friends, family and neighbors--voted to endorse progressive voices for the upcoming May 8 election and the election. We choose progressive voices to represent us in Washington and Raleigh, the school board and as Sheriff, District Attorney and Clerk of Superior Court.
Yesterday, more than 250 PA members--our friends, family and neighbors--voted to endorse progressive voices for the upcoming May 8 election and the election. We choose progressive voices to represent us in Washington and Raleigh, the school board and as Sheriff, District Attorney and Clerk of Superior Court.
Endorsements for candidates on the ballot for the May 8 election
United States House of Representatives District 4: David Price
Durham County Sheriff: Clarence Birkhead
Durham County District Attorney: Satana Deberry
Durham County Board of Education District 1: Michael Lee
Durham County Board of Education District 2: Bettina Hope Umstead
Durham County Board of Education District 3: Matthew Sears
Durham County Board of Education District 4: Natalie Jones Beyer