Wake County voters give sheriff the boot
Driving the news: Unaffiliated and Democratic voters gave a resounding endorsement of former deputy Willie Rowe, who will now face former Wake County Sheriff Republican Donnie Harrison in November.
Why it matters: Voters clearly wanted a change.
- Baker faced intense scrutiny for his management of the department and numerous federal lawsuits from employees accusing him of retaliation and discrimination.
What's next: November's election will in part determine the future of policing in Wake County, at a time when voters are concerned about both rising crime rates and police accountability.
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