New Election Possible For Washington Co. Sheriff

A local sheriff's race is still being contested, three months after the election. In November, incumbent James Ross won the Washington County Sheriff's race by just 4 votes, but opposing candidate Greg Hassell says the outcome wasn't fair because there were several irregularities in the election. Now, the state board of elections is stepping in.

The state has scheduled a hearing later this month to determine if a new election should be held. Hassell says during November's election, provisional votes weren't counted, ballots were misplaced, people who needed help voting were turned away from the polls, and more ballots were recorded than voters. Meanwhile, Sheriff James Ross says he fairly won the race. The county board of elections held its own hearing on the matter in November and upheld the original election results. Hassell appealed to the state, which granted the new hearing.

"Well, we just wanted to make sure that any candidate in Washington County gets a fair and impartial election, and we found it difficult for that to take place when irregularities occurred that cast doubt on the fairness of the election," said Hassell.

"In my mind, I really believe it was a fair election, and even if you win by one vote- you won and it should be over," said Sheriff Ross.

The hearing is set for February 22nd.


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  • by concerned citizen Location: Washington County on Feb 26, 2011 at 07:18 AM
    Buckwheat was played by Billie Thomas, now who is Buckwheat.
  • by concerned Location: Washington Co. on Feb 25, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    When all of this is over, there may be some civil suits for defamation of character. People need to know that all blacks are not ignorant or poor.
  • by Anonymous Location: Plymouth on Feb 23, 2011 at 09:12 PM
    I knew that Greg was a bad seed. I went to his facebook page before he erased it and was highly upset that he would say that hanging is not an option! Who is he talking about hanging? Poor white people, thugs, or black people from the old days? Now he is trying to say that he is not a racist! (yeah right) He needed to watch what he wrote!
  • by Buckwheat on Feb 22, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    You been called a theft cause you were catched of stealing. Thats what happens to peoples when they put in jobs and theys don't know whats they doing.. Ross will be next cause he kant run the place either. His main deputy will help get him lock up, he working with the other man right now.
  • by Stanley on Feb 20, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    For six years i have been called a theft by some and a thug by others.One thing i do know is that who i am and who god say that i am.I've served my country and my community well amd i will hold on to that. I'm not going to say anything negative about either candidate, but i will ask a few questions.Why was the mistake that i mabe brought up just before my second election? and i did inform the co. manager about it. Why was my case taken to martin co? Last, why is it that no one want to talk about the fed. inmate contract that i won for washington co. that has brought them 100's of thousands of dollars vs the 2600 that the say that i spent.Many people have spent time in prison for a crime that they did not do, and DNA was the answer. Well the truth from the heart doesnt have DNA samples. I told the truth and that is what im standing by. When my maker come that is one story that i wont have to worry about. and for those that continue to call me names thats ok. God bless you
  • by Color on Feb 19, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    Its all about who can do the job Hassel want the seat very bad why to do right or to treat people wrong he was dirty back in the days and he still is dirty wake up black people tou have not seen nothing yet let Hassel get the seat and see how fast your doors will come down and as for as Mickey helping here the only thing he can catch is dogs and he wasnt good at that, be careful of who you vote for dont let the hood that hassell wear fool you.
  • by Grady Location: Plymouth on Feb 15, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    To Former LEO per comment 2/14/11 at 10:06 and to the Anonymous poster on 2/9/11 who is likely the same person. YOUR remarks say it all. There is NO DOUBT in my mind you (former leo) are one of the bad apples (bad cops) Greg Hassell locked up, had fired or fired himself. So you try to spread lies about Hassell in hope that it will deter some voters from casting their vote for Greg. (The voters are smarter than that - it won't work) I don't know where you live but it must not be Washington County. Shootings, stabbings , etc. have taken place for years. The only difference is Hassell was not a wuss like a lot of the cops are today. He didn't have to have 4 or 5 cop cars response to every call like is done now. He was man enough to HANDLE THINGS and still is. I'll bet anything IF you put Hassell and Mickey Robbins working the same shift or working together, crime would decrease. Those two are about the only ones that are not scared to do the job.
  • by To Grady on Feb 14, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    yes i am a former L.E.O., but not under Sheriff James, i left before he was put into office! But what a lot of people on the outside looking in do not understand is that the crime rate is gonna rise with the times! Crimes 10,15 or 20 years ago were not this heinous. 20 years ago crimes were different, there were fist fights, now it consist of a shooting. No matter who's in office the crimes are gonna keep on, the severity changes. Ross is an OK officer, as for sheriff, I don't believe so.Greg Hassell is neither! But, on the other hand it takes a crook to catch a crook, so he may be the best candidate, didn't think of it that way! You know what Grady, you may be on to something there, he can start by cleaning up Plymouth(which he proclaims he is gonna do) then when things start to look shady(just like the drug task force he was on) they'll get him out of office before we have another Stanley on our hands! And as for the rumor it wasn't on Stanley it was on a former sheriff!
  • by Grady Location: Plymouth on Feb 10, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    To Anonymous 2/9/11@10:14PM: Yes, Greg has run for sheriff several times and each time more and more voters have supported him because they are seeing more crime and corruption from those who have gotten elected. So, if you look at the election in a logical manner you would see that the voters who pay taxes and probably your salary support Greg. It's the ones who are receiving government assistance, the ones committing crimes, and some of the ones who have their cozy little jobs at the sheriff's department and don't want change that are the ones voting for the other candidates. You mentioned rumors about opposing candidates, YOU should have learned by past mistakes, ie. the last sheriff WAS arrested and sent to prison, you were fore warned but did not listen. You need to elect people based on their qualifications. NOT Race.. So, why don't you bow and gracefully say: Vote for Greg Hassell.. :)
  • by neither of the 2 Location: Plymouth on Feb 9, 2011 at 10:16 PM
    Look past Hassell and Ross. This is not about either one of them. although both of them would like to think so. This is about Fair and Impartial elections in Washington County. Yes Mr. Hassell filed a grievance to the State Board of Elections in Raleigh. But I can assure you that even if he had 1 or 2 valid complaints, the State Board would have sided with Ross and here is why. Hassell is a Republican and the State Board is run by Democrats(3/2), just like the County Board is.(2/1) We have a Dem. Governor so both boards will have more Dems than Repubs. There must be something seriously wrong for the State board to take its time to come all the way down here to Po-dunk Plymouth. So why you clowns are busy trashing Hassell or Ross, you need to be looking at the County Board of Elections and postulating on what they have royally screwed up to cause the State Board to come here. These are YOUR ELECTIONS AND YOUR OFFICES Not Hassell and Ross's. Open your eyes and look past those fools
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