# Elections director
After surprise withdrawal, Fulton elections director finalist shares his thoughts about the embattled office
Durham County N.C. Election Director Derek Bowens, left, talks to Donald Palmer of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.Screen grab by Tammy Joyner. Derek Bowens is no stranger to election problems, public attacks and federal investigations. The veteran elections administrator set in motion a turnaround plan to rescue Durham County, N.C.’s elections operation soon after becoming its election director in 2017.