5 Wilmington-area residents to testify in Rep. Wright hearing


WILMINGTON (AP) — Five people with ties to Representative Thomas Wright will testify at an elections board hearing on his campaign finances.

Wright is a Democrat from New Hanover County. He is accused of breaking elections law by delaying disclosure of $41,000 in campaign donations.

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Subpoenas issued to the five Wilmington-area residents order them to appear next week at the hearing in Raleigh.

All are Wilmington residents. They are James Loftin, his wife Helyn and their son Wayne. The three are allegedly tied to Wright's involvement in the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission as well as an organization called the Community's Health Foundation.

Mrs. Loftin declined to comment Friday about why they are being implicated in the investigation. Mr. Loftin was, however, quoted in a published report as saying he did not plan on attending the hearing.

The other two people suboenaed are Daryle Parker and his ex-wife Karen. Daryle was listed as Wright's campaign treasurer several years ago. Karen handled funeral arrangements for Wright's mother.

The State Board of Elections also is to examine nearly $120,000 in contributions given by political committees that Wright's campaign never reported receiving.

The subpoenas indicate the board may inquire about the Community's Health Foundation, a corporation Wright and others created in 2001.

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