A Republican candidate running for a seat in the state House of Representatives has come under fire for his criminal record.
Ashley Bleau is running for North Carolina House District 9, against incumbent Brian Brown in this spring's primary election.
A newspaper article recently published that Bleau was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, driving while under the influence, and simple drug possession when he was in his early 20's.
Bleau tells WITN he published an add in the same paper back on Super Bowl Sunday, revealing all of those past transgressions and hoping for transparency in his campaign.
He says the fact that his criminal past has come to the forefront months later has made this the type of race he doesn't feel the voters deserve.
"It turns the citizens off," says Bleau. "It doesn't allow us to focus on the issues which are near and dear to my heart. I really and truly believe that I can go up there to Raleigh and bring back the money, the situations for the hospital, ECU, the awareness for Pitt County."
Bleau had copies of multiple certificates he completed in substance abuse training, and for driving while impaired offenders.