Our endorsements for the May election

| April 23, 2014

Ninety-three candidates in 35 contested races on the ballots in the Triangle. In the May 2014 primary, voters will winnow the field to the candidates who will face off in November.

Over the next 13 pages, the INDY issues its endorsements in local, state and federal races, based on how the candidates best align with the paper's mission of creating a socially just community.

Here is how we determine our endorsements: First, we try to contact every candidate in order to send him or her a questionnaire via email. This includes phone, Facebook, Twitter and campaign websites. (Some candidates do not respond to our requests for information.)

Once we receive questionnaires, editorial newswriters and columnists use them and other background research to assess the candidates' views. We then meet to discuss the pros and cons of each candidate, and then vote. The vote does not have to be unanimous, only a majority, in order to endorse a candidate. We do not endorse in uncontested races.

Early voting begins Thursday, April 24. Election Day is Tuesday, May 6.

When and where to vote:

One of the election law changes enacted by the Republicans last session reduced the number of days allotted for early voting from 14 to 10:
Early voting begins Thursday, April 24 and ends Saturday, May 3.

Election Day is Tuesday, May 6.

Runoff elections, if necessary, for local and state races will be held June 12–24.

Runoff elections, if necessary, for U.S. Senate and U.S. House will be held July 3–July 15.

There are also fewer early voting locations. Here's a list, although some locations are not open each day of early voting:

Wake (wakegov.com)

Wake County Board of Elections, 337 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh

Herbert Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary

Knightdale Recreation Center, 102 Lawson Ridge Road, Knightdale

Lake Lynn Community Center, 7921 Ray Road, Raleigh

Hunt Recreation Center, 301 Stinson Ave., Holly Springs

Durham (dconc.gov)

Durham County Board of Elections, 706 W. Corporation St.

North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road

South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.

Orange (co.orange.nc.us/elect)

Orange County Board of Elections, 208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough

Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.

Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill

N.C. Hillel, 210 W. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill

Master's Garden Preschool, 7500 Schley Road, Hillsborough

Chatham (chathamnc.org)

Chatham Board of Elections, 984-E1 Thompson St., Pittsboro

Cole Park Plaza, Suite 232, 11470 U.S. 15-501 (behind Subway), Chapel Hill

Fitts Community Center, 111 S. Third Ave., Siler City

Across the street from Dollar General, 40-A Coral Ave., Goldston

How to vote absentee

TUESDAY, April 29, at 5 p.m. is the final day to submit a request for an absentee ballot from your local board of elections office. The ballots must be received by Tuesday, May 6, at 5 p.m.

There are requirements, though.

You must be registered to vote or submit a voter registration application with your ballot request. You must provide proof of identification: N.C. driver's license number or ID card number and the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you don't have these, you must send current, valid photo ID, an official document showing the name and residential address of the voter: current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, etc.

When you get your ballot, you must have two witnesses or a notary present as you complete and sign it. Ballots will not be counted without this.

Local boards of elections have this information. The INDY has also included ballot request forms on its website, indyweek.com.


337 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, 919-856-6240, absentee@wakegov.com


706 W. Corporation St., Durham, 919-560-0070, absentee@dconc.gov


208 S. Cameron St., Hillsborough, 919-245-2353, dcheshire@orangecountync.gov


984 Thompson St., Pittsboro, 919-545-8500, dawn.stumpf@chathamnc.org

This article appeared in print with the headline "Primary colors."

By the numbers
Registration statistics in N.C.

Republicans 1,996,798
Democrats 2,756,504
Libertarian 23,559
Unaffiliated 1,742,636


Comments (4)

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For the first time ever, I have not agreed with the majority of your endorsements. While I want to comment on most of your endorsements, I will just say that I am extremely disappointed with your endorsements of Sendolo and Sears. It is clear to me that not much attention was given to looking at the background of Sendolo. As far as Sears is concerned, there seems to be a conflict of interest with his running for a school board seat.

According to Sear's web site,

"Matt Sears is an award-winning educator with a decade of experience in education with Durham County and across North Carolina. Honored as Durham Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year in 2008, Matt taught at Hillside and Hillside New Tech. In his current position as Director for School Services at North Carolina New Schools, Matt has continued to support great classrooms for Durham students and students in more than 20 other counties in North Carolina" SEE: http://ncnewschools.org/partners/education…

As I read the conflict of interest rules of Durham Public Schools, it seems that as the Director of North Carolina New Schools, Mr. Sears has a conflict of interest. ( See policy on the Website for DPS). I am told that Mr. Sears asked NC New School to remove him from any work in Durham County(The organization is involved in Neal) so that he could avoid any conflict of interest issues. Even though he would not be directly involved in NC New School work here in Durham, there should be some concern expression about candidacy. Additionally, there is still some question about his relation to future contracts his employer might be looking at with DPS.

If I am wrong, please enlighten me. Dot

Posted by drdotbrowne on 05/05/2014 at 12:06 AM

I agree with Mr. Graf. Citizens living in rural Orange County provide valuable resources for our towns and cities. Why would you ever call us "denizens?" It is time for an attitude change for the Indy if this dismissal attitude is predominant. Who do you think grows your farmer's market food, provides local foods you enjoy at restaurants? Who do you think helps pay for city/county infrastructures---schools, new libraries, or the many thousands of the good people from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough who use the rural roads for bike rides every day and especially on the weekend? If the citizens of Orange County are smart, they will vote for Bonnie Hauser, the "at large" County Commissioner candidate who thinks that it is time for both towns and rural citizens to share ideas on education, spending, and most importantly, on progress for everyone living in our beautiful Orange County. Together we can make a difference and change our future!

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Posted by NancyH on 04/25/2014 at 1:22 PM

You are entitled to your opinion. While I respect your right to your opinion, I would like to point out that you are not entitled to be dismissive of the rural residents of our county. What I am referring to here is you use of the word denizens to describe the rural citizens of Orange County.
Here is the definition of denizen from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
2. a person admitted to residence in a foreign country; especially : an alien admitted to rights of citizenship
3. one that frequents a place
I can only conclude that what you mean is that you view the rural citizens of Orange County as foreign animals that live in the woods and like to party.
Your attitude illustrates the core misconception that I believe has pushed us into the problems we face. Citizens that live in the towns see themselves as the “real” citizens of the county, and the rest of us are just there to help pay your bills. Take a ride through the rural majority of the county. Do you see any schools, libraries, or facilities of any kind? No you don’t. For decades the resources of this county have been focused on the towns without regard to the consequences for the rest of the county.
Those consequences are born not just by the rural communities, but by the entire county. While you may not agree with Bonnie Hauser’s vision of the future, I think you are more afraid of her commitment to all the citizens of the county. Bonnie has demonstrated over and over that she sees us all, town and rural residents, as citizens of Orange County. She believes we must all work together for the good of the entire county. If paper’s like the Indy would stop driving political wedges between the rural and urban communities, we would all benefit.
I think you owe the rural residents of Orange County an apology. And I think you owe it to yourself to revisit your thinking process and assumptions when deciding who can best represent all the citizens of Orange County as Commissioner-at-Large.
Steve Graf, Resident Rural Orange County

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Posted by Jessie Bailin on 04/24/2014 at 9:57 AM

It would be helpful if your recommendations were a PDF file that I could print

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Posted by RiverCoachman on 04/24/2014 at 8:43 AM
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