Worker at center of NC ballot fraud probe seeks local seat

Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. (Photo: WSOC)

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (AP) — The political operative at the center of a North Carolina absentee ballot fraud investigation has filed for reelection for a local elected position.

Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. of Bladen County is running again for a board seat on the Bladen Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors.

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Dowless filed on Monday’s final day of candidate registration and will run against two other candidates in the nonpartisan race.

Dowless faces both state and federal charges related to his political work.

The State Board of Elections ordered a new election for a North Carolina congressional seat after receiving evidence involving Dowless during the 2018 elections.