Ledford candidacy questioned in complaint
Complaint claims he doesn’t live in Madison, where he’s on ballot
Mar. 6, 2014 10:13 PM
MARSHALL — The former director of North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement agency is not eligible to run for sheriff in Madison County because he lives in Buncombe County, according to a legal complaint filed Thursday.
Three Madison County residents brought the complaint to the county Board of Elections.
They said in court papers that John Ledford lives in Barnardsville instead of the Madison County address he used to file as a candidate. They cited a state statute that says a candidate for sheriff must live in the county for at least a year before the election.
Board of Elections Director Kathy Ray said Ledford used the address of 2611 Old Mars Hill Highway in Weaverville when he filed as a candidate.
The complaint alleges that Ledford’s driver license has the Madison County address he used to file but he does not live there. It alleges that another man used the address on a concealed weapons permit application and that Ledford listed his home as Barnardsville in obituaries of his father and father-in-law.
David Wijewickrama, the attorney representing the Madison County residents who brought the complaint, said a similar case in Yadkin County offers precedent. A candidate for sheriff was removed from the ballot there because he did not live in the county.
“This is a very unique type of petition,” he said. “It is the only type of case that I know of that the defendant has the burden of proving they are in fact a citizen, not the plaintiff disproving he is a citizen.”
Ray said the Board of Elections has five business days to schedule a hearing and 20 days to make a decision.
She said Ledford has remained a registered voter in Madison County though he has not voted in a general election there since 2008.
Ledford served three terms as sheriff of Madison County before Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue appointed him ALE chief in 2009. He was demoted to agent at his request between the time Republican Pat McCrory was elected in November 2012 and when McCrory took office in January.
He was fired in April. A judge in January ruled the firing was politically motivated. The state is appealing.
The state auditor’s office released a report in June saying Ledford and his then-deputy director, Allen Page, did not properly document that their trips using state vehicles for travel between Raleigh and the Asheville area, where both lived, were for state business.
Ledford threatened State Auditor Beth Wood with legal action moments before she testified before a legislative committee on the audit. The audit also said Ledford and others took improper steps designed to hamper the investigation.
Ledford at the time denied any wrongdoing through an attorney.
He did not immediately return a call.
We will have our 2014 Precinct Meetings and Concurrent County Convention at 8:30 AM on Saturday March 22nd. Free breakfast at 8:30 with U.S. Senate Candidates, Precinct Meetings at 9:30 and the County Convention will begin at 10:00. We will meet at the Madison County Agricultural Extension Office (258 Carolina Ln.) located at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Marshall.
The primary focus of the County Convention will be to nominate and elect delegates to the upcoming 11th District Convention (held in Haywood County) in April and the 2014 State Convention at the Harrah’s Cherokee Resort & Casino in June.
2014 Meeting Schedule Announced: NEXT MEETING APRIL 2nd
We will keep the same meeting schedule for 2014. The meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month and they begin at 6:30 PM at the Madison County Agricultural Extension Office at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Please come out and hear from the people you elected to represent us. Don’t believe rumors…..Come get the inside “dirt” on Madison County and NC politics directly from the people we have elected to represent us.
****Please note, we will not have a regular Executive Committee Meeting in March due to the Reagan-Lincoln Dinner on March 1st and the Precinct Meetings & Concurrent County Convention on March 22nd.
An open letter to all Republican women in Madison County:
The mission of the of the Madison County Republican Women (MCRW)is to foster loyalty to the Republican Party, to promote its principles and candidates, leading up to, and in the elections. The MCRW will also promote political education, and women in the causes of good government.
A bit about us- MCRW plans to build a better tomorrow by offering women in Madison County an active organization in which to participate as volunteers at every level of county government. The MCRW provides a variety of political involvement for women who share the Republican philosophy. We possess a unique mixture of members of all ages.
We, as citizens of Madison County, have a civic duty to get involved in assisting, informing and working with our candidates, elected officials, and the citizens of our county.
Our future plans involve: Hosting dinners, raffles, email blasts, bulk mailings, phone calls, rallies, musical events, community involvement and volunteering to help our neighbors!…AND we’re gonna have fun doing it!!
To all the ladies who get on board with me on this- if you will help out by selling raffle tickets for the shotgun, I will present a free gift (valued at $50) to the lady who sells the most tickets! If you’d like to learn more, my phone is–828-777-0441, or email me at: email@example.com.
We want you to know about a new, nonpartisan, public interest radio talk
show in Madison County. It’s called “Radio Free Madison,” and you can
hear it every Thursday at 5:00 PM on Radio Station WHBK-1460 AM,
broadcasting out of Marshall, NC.
You can also catch the show live on the Internet at www.1460WHBK.com .
Each week, we’ll be interviewing guests and discussing issues that are
important to you. It’s a fun, relaxed way to keep up with what’s
happening in our towns and in our county government.
Please join us for the next show, and forward this message to your Madison
Our success depends upon you.
“Radio Free Madison”
Marshall, NC 28753
Unbelievably Attorney General Roy Cooper is doubling down on his support for same-sex “marriage.”
Last week we told you about his decision to headline a major fundraising event for EqualityNC – the very group that is pushing the challenge to our marriage amendment.
Well this week the Attorney General announced that he personally supports same-sex “marriage”.
This is the Attorney General that we are depending on to protect our Marriage Amendment and defend North Carolina’s Constitution in Court!
To make matters worse, immediately following the Attorney General’s announcement yesterday that he supports allowing same-sex couples to marry, the Register of Deeds in Buncombe County announced that he would accept applications for marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
This is a clear and deliberate violation of the law!
It’s obvious we can’t depend on the Attorney General. Elected public officials are not allowed to violate the will of the majority of voters in North Carolina just because they do not like the law, and our Attorney General should not be parading around the State undermining the very laws he is charged with defending.
The Attorney General owes his allegiance to the people of our State who passed our marriage laws by referendum, not to his own political ambitions.
We can’t depend on Roy Cooper to defend the amendment when he is clearly focusing on running for another political office. This guy has already announced that he’s running for Governor in 2016. We are paying him with our tax dollars to campaign for the next 3+years.