Legislator: Felons Shouldn't Run For Sheriff

A state lawmaker says he'll continue pushing for a bill to prevent convicted felons from running for sheriff.

On Tuesday, all four felons who ran for sheriff in the state lost in the primary.

Included was former Washington County Sheriff Stanley James who served time for embezzlement. James, who had been sheriff in starting in 1998, was indicted in 2004. He was convicted in 2006 and served time from September 2007 to November 2007.

James lost to current Sheriff James Ross in Tuesday's primary by a 59% to 41% margin.

Senator Stan Bingham said he'll continue pushing the bill even though the men lost. The Republican proposed his bill in anticipation that Gerald Hege would run for his old job as Davidson County sheriff.

Bingham says he'll push the bill as long as the North Carolina Sheriff's Association supports it. The association voted unanimously in March to back the bill.


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  • by Mary Location: Plymouth on May 28, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    I still stand behind Stanley, he had a better dept than the ones before him and the ones after him. I know him, TRUST him and believe in him. And don't criticize his family I know them too and they are a great group. They all work hard for what they get.The whole family are more honset then anyone of you who criticize them.
  • by STUPID Location: WASHINTON CO on May 23, 2010 at 09:06 PM
    Ok so he did a crime.........But he also did the time he is a better man..............let him be he is not hurting anyone he's just trying to make washington co a better place......All yall want to do is bring someone down...
  • by Bill Location: Jamesville on May 19, 2010 at 05:21 AM
    The law should bar anyone from holding public office if they have broken the law. They whould also have to take drug test at least once a year and post their voting record in the news once a year
  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 19, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    Since every one wants to bash James just remember there was only a 3% difference. That shows almost half the dembos in Washington county had rather have a felon than the existing political figure.
  • by HAHA on May 14, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    To: Anonymous on May 6, 2010 at 01:25 PM and Get over it......HAHAHA you both show your ignorance! Please learn to spell before you hop up here playing Public Speaker for Convicted felon James!
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on May 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    Rember the words character and politician can not be used in the same sentence. Just make it simple, if you break the law, do not ask to be incharge of the law.
  • by hope Location: NC on May 8, 2010 at 05:18 AM
    I will not apologize, but can say that I didn't see GET OVER IT's comment. What blared at me on the screen was another jab at white's, which offends ME. You are right, that African American people are a majority in Wash.co, yet some still use that ole race card. I am sick to death of the excuses. That some would vote the 'fox into the hen house' is beyond my comprehension.
  • by Anon. Location: Plymouth on May 7, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    to hope: you must have misunderstood me! I was refering to GET OVER IT when i said he was found guilty "$2000....seriously?". I do not,in no way, shape or form condone his actions. I,myself am white, i was simply stating that some of these post point the finger at the white community. Our county is majority african amerian, it is not a race issue if both canidates are black! Calm down before you judge! and btw, no, i am not racist and yes i am human and make mistakes in my spelling from time to time. I do apologize
  • by hope Location: NC on May 7, 2010 at 12:57 PM
    to anon, I'll say it was the "prejeduce" (I quote you as you misspelled it) people in Washington Co that voted for him. White's would not vote for a white candidate with a record. You admit he was "found guilty...no matter how little it was". To me this proves you condone the crime. How much would he have to steal for it to be wrong in your opinion? People like YOU look at color. May the best, most qualified, honest candidates win. God help us even though we don't deserve it!
  • by Anon. Location: Plymouth on May 7, 2010 at 08:12 AM
    First off, i see complaints about prejeduce white people in washington county. Not to trying to sound racist but our county is mostly african american, so why is race an issue, if he got the votes then he got the votes, plain and simple. And yes he was found guilty of embezzlement, not matter how little it was.If anyone is playing the race card, then it was mr. james, before he went to court the NAACP backed him saying it was a race issue! He got caught stealing money! how is that a race issue! IN my opinion Mr. Ross is the best canidate, maybe not the best sheriff we've ever had but for now he will work. And yes crime is an issue here. I do believe something needs to be done about that. So before playing the race card, think good and hard before you speak! It's washington county, it's not a conspiracy!
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