IT'S OFFICIAL: 9,599 Verified Signatures Certifies Maria Jocys As Unaffiliated Candidate for Durham Co. Sheriff in NOVEMBER's GENERAL ELECTION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
CONTACT: Gerrick Brenner
IT’S OFFICIAL: Retired FBI Agent Maria Jocys IS Certified as an Unaffiliated Candidate for Durham County Sheriff by Local Board of Elections
Maria collected over 9,000 signatures of registered Durham County voters. She will appear on the November ballot to challenge the winner of May’s primary election for Durham Co. Sheriff.
DURHAM - On Tuesday evening, the Durham County Board of Elections certified retired FBI agent Maria Jocys as an unaffiliated candidate for Durham County Sheriff. The BOE has validated 9,599 signatures of registered Durham County voters to qualify Jocys as a candidate for the November election. 9,248 signatures (4% of registered voters in Durham County) were needed. Jocys submitted more than enough signatures well before the May 17th deadline. Jocys will now face the winner of the May Democratic primary in November’s general election.
“I am humbled by the overwhelming support from Durham County voters for our campaign,” said Jocys, who has spent 32 years in law enforcement, including 24 years with the FBI. “Durham suffered a record number of shootings in 2020, a record number of homicides in 2021, and is currently, unfortunately, on pace to surpass both records in 2022. Durham County deserves a Sheriff who can focus and lead on both the urgent need to bring down Durham’s gun violence AND advance meaningful police reforms.
“We have heard from thousands of Durham County voters who signed our petition. People want a safer Durham and respect for all. The numbers plainly show that the work of Durham County’s current Sheriff to bring down violent crime is simply not working. Durham deserves better.”
Jocys grew up in Durham and graduated from Southern High School. After graduating from East Carolina University, she entered into a 32-year law enforcement career, starting with the Greenville Police Department and then 24 years with the FBI. During her FBI tenure, Jocys led counter-terrorism investigations around the globe. She was the first woman to lead the FBI’s Raleigh office. She spent the last five years with the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force focused on criminal street gangs in Durham.
Durham County’s most recent taxpayer-funded survey of County residents shows public satisfaction in Durham Co. sheriff protection to be consistently eroding and at the lowest level in six years. The December 2021 survey showed only 47% of Durham County residents were "satisfied" with local sheriff protection. In addition to focusing on reducing Durham’s gun violence, Jocys has put forth a six point reform agenda, which includes a total ban on no-knock warrants.
“We must rebuild public confidence in our local law enforcement’s ability to keep all neighborhoods safe and treat everyone with respect,” said Jocys. “We can do this with better focused crime fighting strategies, stronger partnerships with other law enforcement agencies in Durham, and consistent dialogue with community members. We will raise professional standards and treat everyone with respect and compassion.”
Jocys’ name is not on the ballot for May’s primary election, but her campaign has already begun. She has committed to knocking on doors of Durham County voters for 100 days in all corners of the county leading up to November’s general election. More information can be found here: www.jocysforsheriff.com, FB, Tw, & IG.
Posted on 04 May 2022, 11:31 - Category: Signature Collection