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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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Oct 21, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    Chuck and Concerned, as one who was raised between Williamston and Farmlife, I must say that as a Williamston High alum, First there should have never been any consolidation, due tot he fact that more gas has to be spent by the kids and parents, meaning more money. Second, they should have put the Bear Grass kids in Williamston instead of Robersonville cause Williamston is much closer. Third, clean house on the commisioners, cause they are all a bunch of crooks and that's why Martin County has gone downhill over the last 10 years very fast, which is why my wife and I left to move down to the OBX. Fourth, the school board has been a complete joke ever since Willie Peele retired form being superintendent. Daly was one of the worst people to ever step foot in Martin County.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2010 at 10:11 PM
    Typical democrat milking as many federal, state and local positions as possible in the name of serving his community by serving himself. Would be great if he lost both positions for good.
  • by Chuck Location: Williamston on Oct 20, 2010 at 08:51 PM
    "Concerned", it isn't about who on the board voted to keep 4 schools or who voted to consolodate. I never had a doubt that the kids from Bear Grass and Jamesville would go to their new schools and improve them because they are good students and good kids. I never doubted that they would get along with the students already at WHS and RHS. They are still bearing an unfair share of the burden of travel because Williamston people are self serving by nature. It is about the one who claims to be a preacher yet can look someone straight in the eye and tell them a bold faced lie. People who lie cannot be trusted. I know obama lies and I don't trust him, I also know Bryant lies because he lied straight to my face on many occasions. You are wrong on the commissioners as well. You may not like all of the decisions made by Hurst, Bowen and Price, but when they make those decisions they are not based on business deals that they or their friends may or may not be involved in.
  • by Concerned Location: enc on Oct 20, 2010 at 06:12 PM
    Yep, all he has to do if elected is refuse to be sworn in. And to Chuck for Martin County all the Commissioners on the Board should resign and a new slate be elected. As for the school board the one's that voted to keep 4 schools should be the one's resigning as it appears the consilidation into 2 schools has gone well with the students but not the narrow minded parents.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Oct 20, 2010 at 05:28 PM
    Here we go with the lawyers. Things can only go downhill from here. If he gets elected all he has to do is resign or refuse to be sworn in. Problem solved.
  • by Chuck on Oct 20, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    I wish Johnny Bryant of the Martin Co School board would do that. He could do us a double favor by encouraging that nitwit Chairman of the Martin Co Board of Commissioners to do the same.

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