Candidate: Don't Vote For Me!

A current school board member in the east on the ballot for re-election is now encouraging supporters not to back him.

The State Board of Elections says Lenoir County School Board vice chairman, Democrat Joey Bryan, is in violation of the Hatch Act, and must either quit his current job with the county, or leave his post on the school board.

The Hatch Act restricts political activity of an individual principally employed by a state or local executive agency that receives federal loans or grants. Bryan is the director of Lenoir County Transit, which received $370,000 dollars in stimulus money during the fiscal year.

The United States special counsel has asked the Bryan to pull out of the race or Lenoir County Transit could face losing some of the stimulus money.

Lenoir County elections director Dana King says Bryan cannot actually withdraw because his name is on the ballot, so all he can do is ask people not to vote for him.

Elections officials still don't have a clear cut solution if Bryan wins the election. The Democratic party chairperson is currently discussing options with attorneys.


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