Federal, state and local races are in the primary election; however, some contests don’t have primaries if there is only one candidate from the party running for a seat.

Election Day is Tuesday, May 4. Early voting begins Thursday, April 15, and runs through Saturday, May 1. During early voting, you can register to vote and cast your ballot on the same day.

Runoff elections, if necessary, will be held Tuesday, June 22, with early voting running from June 3–19.

For more information or to find your polling place, call the Orange County Board of Elections at 245-2350 or visit www.co.orange.nc.us/elect.

The Indy does not endorse in unopposed races. Here are our recommendations for the contested elections.

Please note that not all of these names appear on every Durham voter’s ballot. Some congressional districts, for example, include only limited areas of the county.

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U.S. Senate

Ken Lewis (D)
No Republican endorsement

U.S. House

District 4: William “B.J.” Lawson
No Democratic primary

Judicial races (nonpartisan)

N.C. Court of Appeals (Calabria seat): Jane Gray

N.C. Court of Appeals (Elmore seat): Leto Copeley

N.C. State Senate

District 23: No Republican endorsement

Orange County Sheriff

Lindy Pendergrass (D)

Orange County Commissioners

District 2: Renee Price

At-large: Barry Jacobs

Orange County Board of Education (nonpartisan)

Debbie Piscitelli, Anne Medenblik, Donna Dean Coffey, Laura Nicholson (vote for four)