Durham's Roy Taylor withdraws from race

DURHAM Republican challenger Roy Taylor tells ABC11 Eyewitness News he has suspended his campaign effective immediately, because of questions surrounding his eligibility.

According to election rules, candidates must reside in the county for at least one year.

Taylor moved from Wake to Durham County in December 2009.

He says when he initially filed for candidacy in February of this year; he met with Board of Elections Director Mike Ashe. Taylor says Ashe told him he qualified and allowed him to file. Taylor says Ashe has since apologized for the oversight.

"As soon as I realized there was a problem, I took action," said Taylor. "I was looking forward to implementing community policing programs to better serve the citizens of Durham County. I appreciate the voter support I've received. I hope Sheriff Worth Hill will have a successful term and that he'll take into consideration some of the concerns I've raised about his administration during my campaign."

He will submit a formal letter to the Durham County Board of Elections Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Worth Hill will now run unopposed. He was first elected to the county's top law enforcement post in 1994 and is currently serving his fourth consecutive term.

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