Wake County Sheriff’s Democratic Primary Highlights Election Day
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Polling places are closed for the 2022 vote in several counties across the region.
In Wake County, the big race on the ballot on Tuesday is the runoff race to see who will be the Democratic nominee for sheriff.
The race is between Sheriff Gerald Baker and challenger Willie Rowe.
Baker hopes he will have a chance to face Republican candidate Donnie Harrison, the former sheriff who lost his job to Baker, in the fall.
But Baker faces stiff competition against Rowe, a retired Wake County sheriff major.
In the May primary, Rowe got 29% of the vote while Baker got 24%.
This run-off race will come down to voter turnout. According to the Board of Elections, around 23,000 people had voted by Tuesday afternoon.
This includes early voting, mail-in ballots and foot traffic on Election Day.
“Historically, second primaries and second-round elections usually have very low turnout, so I was pretty happy with that number. I wish it could have been higher. We also got a number mail-in ballots, which pushed us to just over 10,000 people who voted early,” said Wake County Chief Electoral Officer Gary Sims.
The sheriff’s race is only open to voters affiliated with the Democratic Party or unaffiliated voters who did not vote in May.
Those eligible voters said the top issue driving them to the polls was public safety, with rising crime a priority.
“Just walk into the grocery store safely without fear of being shot and robbed,” said one voter. “We need people in the office who will make sure we have enough police here to patrol the area regularly instead of whenever they want.”
Another voter, David Cooper, said he wanted someone with a vision for improvement.
“Overall I think it’s pretty safe but I think it can be better. It’s always important. It always starts with local government. My vote matters,” he said.
Also on the ballot in Wake County are two seats for Cary City Council, the General Seat and the District C Seat.
In addition to these other Wake County races, there are several other counties with elections on Tuesday.
In Fayetteville, the mayor and nine city council seats are being decided.
In Franklin County, three school board seats are up for grabs.
In Lee County, voters in Sanford vote for the city council seat as well as Ward 1.
And the voters of Rocky Mount Ward 7 are voting for this council member.
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