NC Voters Likely To Judge Sheriffs' Qualifications

Voters in six counties decided in May they didn't want former lawbreakers as their sheriffs. Now, voters across North Carolina are poised to get their chance to remove them permanently from the candidate pool.

The House tentatively agreed unanimously on Wednesday with the proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit convicted felons from serving as sheriff.

Like former Washington County Sheriff and convicted felon Stanley James.

The chamber will need to approve it one more time on Thursday before it shows up on the Nov. 2 ballot. A majority of voters would have to agree before it's added to the constitution.

All of the ex-felons who ran for sheriff in May lost. Sen. Stan Bingham is a chief supporter of the bill. He said the chief executive of a law enforcement agency shouldn't be a criminal.


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  • by PROUD Location: PLYMOUTH on Jul 4, 2010 at 05:34 AM
    WAKE UP WILLIE HE BROKE THE LAW AND HE SHOULD NOT WALK AROUND WITH A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER, HE WAS NOT SET UP HE THOUGHT HE WAS ABOVE THE LAW(WRONG WRONG WRONG)
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jul 1, 2010 at 04:13 AM
    If we are going to not allow ex-felons to run for office, why don't we also bar two term politicians from running again. After all, most of them are not ex-felons simply because they haven't haven't been caught (and incarcerated yet).
  • by against open carry's comment Location: usa on Jul 1, 2010 at 03:14 AM
    Ben Franklin was also stupid enough to fly a kite during a thunder storm too:lol wouldnt bank all my knowledge on someone like that. heres my quote for you; I have a level 4 secret clearance and worked in the us navy's nuclear program for three years; i served at trade center, and picked up pieces of people just like YOU. I served on three ambulance services, and two fire dept's. would you wear a shirt that identifies you as "open carry"? so that next time I have to wear BALM on my upper lip in order not to smell your rotting flesh; I'll be sure to leave you lay. please use the term felon as 'ex'felon when reffering to a human being whom has payed their dues. I am an EX-FELON; make sure you get it right EX! most of our lawmakers are felons; so let the voters decide. "what is understood need not be discussed"! one of our countrys problems is closed minded people like you! may the fleas of a thousand camels infest your backside! are ya gonna do erase all my nuclear secrets from my brain?
  • by OpenCarry on Jun 30, 2010 at 10:33 PM
    The sad thing is that we need to pass a law like this to prevent the clueless voters in many counties from electing FELONS as their Chief Law Enforcement Officer, because in SOME counties, a felon might actually get elected... WAKE UP people--get involved and KNOW your candidates... Ben Franklin was right--"A People get the government they deserve..."
  • by willie Location: plymouth on Jun 30, 2010 at 09:11 PM
    Poor fellow was set up by the many crooks running washington county. It,s been that way here for years.
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