WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. -- The group representing North Carolina sheriffs says it wants the General Assembly to approve a bill to prevent convicted felons from running for sheriff.
Members of the North Carolina Sheriff's Association meeting this week in Wrightsville Beach reaffirmed their support for a measure in the state Senate to amend the North Carolina constitution.
The association says its standards bar convicted felons from serving as deputy sheriffs and says the same should apply to a constitutional office such as sheriff. Convicted felons are allowed to vote and run for office once they have had their rights restored by completing their punishments.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported at least three convicted felons are running for sheriff this year, including former Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege.
Information from: Winston-Salem Journal
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