Winston-Salem State to probe in-class campaigning

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Submitted: Thu, 09/05/2013 - 2:39am
Updated: Thu, 09/05/2013 - 2:40am

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – The chancellor of Winston-Salem State University says a committee will look into allegations that a candidate campaigned for a city council seat during a political science class.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports ( Chancellor Donald Reaves announced the probe on Wednesday.

Democratic candidate Derwin Montgomery and professor Larry Little acknowledge that Montgomery made a campaign talk to students in an American government class last week. Montgomery then arranged transportation to the elections office in downtown Winston-Salem for students in the class who wanted to vote. Those students left class early.

Little said he invited Montgomery to speak at the candidate’s request, but denied breaking rules that limit political activity on University of North Carolina system campuses.

Montgomery and two others are vying for the seat in the city’s East Ward.

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