As usual, there's some good in the Independent Weekly's endorsements, and some bad, and... oh hey, there's a judicial race this year? Wow, thanks for the heads up, Indy.
They recommend Renee Price for Commissioner District 2, and Barry Jacobs for the At-large district. I'm sure some of you readers will respectfully disagree and prefer Joal Broun, but I think she's fine where she is and I'd would rather see Barry continue his good work on the Board of County Commissioners.
The surprise for me was that they chose to endorse 28-year incumbent Lindy Pendergrass for Sheriff rather than former Hillsborough Police Chief Clarence Birkhead. There is no doubt that Pendergrass has served us well (for longer than some voters have been alive), but Birkhead seems more in line with Orange County values today.
For Orange County School Board, they picked Debbie Piscitelli, Anne Medenblik, Donna Dean Coffey, Laura Nicholson. But they didn't offer much explanation for not endorsing Brenda Stephens, I thought.
Here's the Indy's entire slate:
Ken Lewis (D)
No Republican endorsement
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)