Maria Jocys providing challenge to incumbent sheriff

She’s a formidable candidate. Jocys’s 32-year career in law enforcement includes 24 years with the FBI, where she was a member of a global counterterrorism task force, and she later became the first woman to lead the agency’s Raleigh office. She was also a member of a federal gang-and-violent-crimes task force in Durham for five years before retiring late last year.

Incumbent Clarence Birkhead faces a formidable challenge in Maria Jocys.