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Looking beyond the D.A. race

Duke students will be watching District Attorney Mike Nifong's race against two challengers closely when voters go to the polls November 7th. Lewis Cheek has vowed not to serve, meaning that if he were elected, Gov. Mike Easley would appoint someone else to serve the term. Steve Monks is running as a write-in candidate.

But the DA race isn't the only one this fall, although many candidates for Durham County seats are unopposed. U.S. Rep. David Price (D-4), is on leave from his position at the University as a professor of political science and public policy studies while in office. Price has served in Congress since 1987 save a two-year stretch from 1995 to 1996. He faces Republican Steve Acuff on Election Day.

On the state level, Rusty Duke and Sarah Parker are in competition to be chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court. Three associate justice positions will also be filled, and judges will be elected for several positions on the benches of the N.C. Court of Appeals and the Durham County district court.

Sheriff Worth Hill, Clerk of Courts Archie Smith, State Senators Bob Atwater (D-18), Jeanne Hopkins Lucas (D-20) and all four state house representatives in Durham County can breathe easily this election season-each of them is running unopposed.

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