Local Politics

GOP runoff set in Wake DA race

Posted May 9

— Wake County voters will get a second chance to cast ballots in the Republican race for district attorney.

Defense attorney John Bryant on Friday requested a runoff with Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cruden. After Tuesday's primary, 385 votes separated the two men, who topped the four-person field.

Bryant said about one-third of the people who cast ballots in the race Tuesday didn't vote for either him or Cruden, and he wanted to give them the opportunity to choose between them to determine who will face Democrat Lorrin Freeman in the November election.

Bryant also noted that he received an email from a teenager who said she researched the race and was excited to vote for him when she cast her first ballot. She told him that she hoped he would ask for a runoff and that she wanted to volunteer for his campaign.

"I really cannot disappoint that kind of enthusiasm for the process," he said.

Cruden said he expected a runoff and plans to continue campaigning on his years of experience as a prosecutor.

"The voters picked me on Tuesday night, and I think the voters will pick me again," he said. "They picked the person with over 20 years of prosecutorial experience. I am looking forward to a lively campaign."

Longtime District Attorney Colon Willoughby resigned in March to join a law firm.

The runoff will be held July 15.

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