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Durham Republican Chairman Might Still Run For DA

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Lewis Cheek, Steve Monks
DURHAM, N.C. — Durham County's Republican chairman says he still may run for district attorney even though he did not get the required number of signatures for his name to be on the November general election ballot.

Steve Monks said he would consider a write-in candidacy if another potential candidate, county Commissioner Lewis Cheek, decides not to run or only runs halfheartedly.

Cheek, a Democrat, has enough signatures to run against District Attorney Mike Nifong, but has not committed to the race. He would be an unaffiliated candidate if he does decide to run for office.

Both Monks and Cheek have criticized Nifong's handling of a

high-profile rape investigation

that involves three members of Duke University's men's lacrosse team and an exotic dancer.

"I think there's some question in people's minds about whether justice can be accomplished," Monks told WRAL on June 19.

Because neither man ran for the position in the May 1 primary, they each had to collect more than 6,000 signatures by noon on June 30 to get their names on the November ballot. Monks fell short of the required number while Cheek turned in about 10,000 signatures.

If no one were to run against Nifong in November, he would automatically be re-elected as Durham County's district attorney.


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