Editor: Ms. Anderson (challenger) and the lawyer for Gerald Hege presented strong cases concerning the interpretation of Article VII, Section 2 of the North Carolina Constitution. The wording focused on restoring citizenship and did not mention expungement. The board debated if the word expungement was intentionally left out. A vote of 3-1 in favor of Mr. Hege being allowed to continue to run for sheriff has now set precedent for cases that may follow.

The board mentioned that deputies are required to be held to a higher standard than their boss the sheriff. In my opinion, that’s messed up.

I overheard many supporters say the felony charges against Mr. Hege were a witch hunt, yet they did not know what the charges were.

In my opinion, Mr. Hege is suitable for many occupations but the role of sheriff should be for someone who at least meets the same standards for employment as his subordinates.

A second chance granted by a criminal record being wiped clean is helpful for some to obtain gainful employment. An expungement is like erasing or forgetting convictions; however, it does not change history no matter how much people rewrite history to their liking regardless of its actuality.

Mr. Hege presents himself as having a comic book ego. This is NASCAR country, and we love his spider car and Rambo antics. I find him brilliant, entertaining and fascinating. He could continue to work in areas to reduce crime, the drug crisis, illegal immigration, etc., without him being the sheriff. He does not want to work behind the scenes. He wants the spotlight. It’s all about the show.

Disloyal Democrats will change their voting status at least temporarily to unaffiliated or Republican to vote for Mr. Hege. As Dr. Phil McGraw says, the best indicator of future behavior is relevant past behavior.

Jackie Taylor

Lexington