Voters returned three incumbents to office Tuesday in the race for the Durham County Board of Commissioners.
With 43 of 57 precincts reporting, incumbent Wendy Jacobs was the top vote-getter of the 10 candidates seeking five seats.
Close behind was 10-term incumbent Ellen Reckhow, according to unofficial results from the Durham Board of Elections.
Heidi Carter, who is the current chairwoman of the Durham Public Schools board, was in third place, with incumbent Brenda Howerton and newcomer James Hill leapfrogging one another throughout the night for the last two slots.
In the bottom half of the field, two incumbents fared poorly: Current board Chairman Michael Page, who was running for his third term, was in sixth place, and Fred Foster Jr., in eighth place.
Newcomers Elaine Hyman, a 30-year Durham county employee, was in seventh place, while Glyndola Massenburg-Beasley and Tara Fikes were in ninth and 10th place, respectively.
There was no GOP primary in the partisan race because no Republicans filed to run for commissioner.
In the only contested Durham Public Schools Board of Education race, retired Durham teacher Steve Unrhue was leading with 61.51 percent of the vote, to 36.69 percent for IT specialist Frederick Ravin.
In District A, incumbent Minnie Forte-Brown was unopposed, while in District B newcomer Xavier Cason was unopposed.
In the Register of Deeds contest, Sharon Davis had a big lead over Wayland Burton.
Davis, an 18-year veteran of the county office, most recently worked as chief assistant to incumbent Willie Covington. He is retiring May 31. Burton is the interim general manager of the Durham ABC Board.
There also was no GOP primary in the Register of Deeds race. The register earns an average annual salary of $134,000, according to the UNC School of Government figures, slightly higher than earnings for the same position in Wake County.
Nearly 33,000 people voted early in Durham.
In 2012, 28,124 people voted early, with another 1,219 casting approved provisional ballots. The total turnout reached 39.69 percent of all registered voters.
Of the 207,000 registered voters in the county, more than half –118,886 – are Democrats. Another 27,889 are Republicans; 886 are Libertarians. There are 59,690 unaffiliated voters.
Heidi Carter 11.83%
Tara Fikes 6.01%
Fred Foster (i) 8.24%
James Hill 10.26%
Brenda Howerton (i) 10.43%
Elaine Hyman 9.46%
Wendy Jacobs (i) 13.38%
Glyndola Massenburg-Beasley 7.60%
Michael Page (i) 9.47%
Ellen Reckhow (i) 13.32%
43 precincts of 57 reporting
Register of Deeds
Wayland Burton 10.02%
Sharon Davis 89.98%
46 precincts of 57 reporting
School board – at large
Frederick Ravin 36.28%
Steven Unruhe 62.89%
43 precincts of 57 reporting
School board – District A
Minnie Forte-Brown (i) 97.83%
27 precincts of 32 reporting
School board – District B
Xavier Cason 97.54%
16 precincts of 25 reporting