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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