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News and Record did some background checks on some local candidates running for the NC General Assembly. The candidate name, district and offense were listed. Party affiliation was not. I went ahead and ran that down via the NC Board of Elections. It was kind of a no-brainer since at least 4 of them were running for Alma Adams seat, but hey — let’s play along.
Democrats are putting up such quality candidates these days…must be that quality recruiting. Felonies, misdemeanors, prison time… wow.
1. House District 60 candidate David Small was found guilty of multiple counts of felony common law robbery in 2004. He served about eight months in prison. Small was convicted of felony common law robbery again in 2006. He served about 22 months in prison.
David Small is a Democrat and son of City Councilwoman T. Dianne Bellamy-Small.
2. House District 58 candidate Tigress McDaniel was convicted of obtaining property under false pretenses and identity theft in 2003; She served about 20 months in prison. Prosecutors alleged that McDaniel attempted to buy goods with checks and an ID card with the name of another woman on it, according to court records. McDaniel was also found guilty for misdemeanor criminal contempt in 2001 and a misdemeanor worthless check charge in 2005.
3. House District 58 candidate Kerry Graves was found guilty of three misdemeanor worthless check charges in 1991 and 1995. Graves said two of the checks were not written by him. The other was an $8 check, according to his campaign. Graves also filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2001. Graves said the bankruptcy was the result of a bad divorce.
Kerry Graves is a Democrat.
4. Various candidates had driving infractions , ranging from speeding to driving with a revoked license, on their records : House District 57 candidate Jim Kee; House District 58 candidates Ralph Johnson and Graves; House District 60 candidates Cecil Brockman , Earl Jones and Small; and Senate candidates Melvin “Skip” Alston and Gladys Robinson.
- Jim Kee – Democrat — Vote Jim Kee
- Ralph Johnson – Democrat — Ralph Johnson for NC House 58 | Facebook
- Cecil Brockman – Democrat — Brockman for NC House | Moving Forward Together
- Earl Jones – Democrat — Earl Jones (North Carolina) – Ballotpedia
- Melvin Alston – Democrat — Skip Alston for State Senate
- Gladys Robinson – Democrat — Senator Gladys A. Robinson (Democrat, 2013-2014 Session)
Some of those above are in House 60, Rep. Brandon’s seat. Brandon is attempting a run for Congress, which was made clear by his politicizing performance alongside Rep. Cotham at the final Common Core legislative research committee meeting.