A state representative has been charged with simple assault and communicating threats.
N.C. House Rep. Van Braxton of Kinston faces those two misdemeanor charges, according to court records. Ray Wiley of Lenoir County is pressing the charges for a confrontation on November 4. The Kinston Free Press says Braxton went to Wiley's home to confront him after a heated argument two days prior between Wiley and Braxton's wife. The paper says Wiley accused Braxton of shoving him.
Braxton lost his re-election bid this month for a third term in the State House of Representatives to Stephen LaRoque. The district includes Greene, Lenoir and Wayne Counties.