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Bill Retooling NC Sheriff Candidate Rejection Now Law

A new law says someone who’s been convicted of a felony can’t run for sheriff in North Carolina, even if the crime has been officially expunged from the person’s record. It's one of five bills from the General Assembly that Gov. Roy Cooper said he signed into law on Monday.  The bill clarifies how to implement a 2010 addition to North Carolina’s constitution barring convicted felons from running for the post. While criminal offenders have been able to get some felonies removed from their records for years, enough lawmakers agreed that it shouldn’t permit someone to run for county sheriff.