WRAL Investigates

Activist wants Raleigh council candidate's name off ballot

Posted August 15, 2011

— The Wake County Board of Elections will meet Thursday to determine whether to remove the name of a Raleigh City Council candidate from the October ballot.

Lent C. Carr II, 37, was sentenced last week to seven months in federal prison for violating his parole on a 2000 fraud conviction.

Carr is running for the District C seat on Raleigh City Council, but community activist Bruce Lightner on Monday filed a challenge to his candidacy in an effort to keep Carr's name off the ballot.

Lightner claims that Carr's status as a felon serving time in federal prison should preclude people from voting for him.

Carr was convicted of bank and mail fraud related to insurance payments following a fire at his church that authorities determined had been set.

A federal judge found that he violated his parole by pleading guilty in February to assaulting his stepson and by failing to meet with his parole officer or with a mental health counselor.

Prosecutors also expressed concerns that Carr has been soliciting donations to his campaign by misrepresenting himself to the public.

A WRAL News investigation found that Carr overstated his background, listing degrees on his campaign website and other sites that he didn't earn and touting experience as a law clerk without noting that he was a prison inmate at the time.

In addition to his federal convictions, Carr has state convictions for obtaining property by false pretenses and passing worthless checks.

Other candidates for the District C seat in the Oct. 11 election include Corey Branch, Shelia Jones, Paul F. Terrell III, Eugene Weeks and Racquel Williams.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 17, 2011

    tayled said, "I remember a case from my childhood where a neo-Nazi almost got elected to City Council becasue his name was alphabetically at the top of the ballot and voters did not take the time to look into the candidates."

    Wouldn't that be the voters' fault? Wouldn't that just show how ignorant or bigoted your city is? Or, are you saying that Big Government should have stepped in and removed this guy?

    Besides, how is a politician who thinks his race is better than others any different than a politician who think his religion is better than others? Both groups have justified atrocities against those they hate.

  • Krimson Aug 16, 2011

    Leave him on the ballot... It is up to the other candidates to educate their potential constituency on why they should not vote for this guy. If people are still stupid enough to vote for him, well, they get what they deserve.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 15, 2011

    Leave him on, I'm wanting to see how many vote for him.

  • jdupree Aug 15, 2011

    He will fit right in on the Raleigh City Counsel!

  • chilipeppernc Aug 15, 2011

    I see good and bad in this issue. It is good that Mr. Lightner has the cojones to stand up and say this man shouldn't be on the ballot. On the other hand, it is bad that this is needed and speaks to the fact that too many people vote without educating themselves who and what they are voting for. In a nutshell, some people really do need someone to protect them from themselves sometimes.

  • Bartmeister Aug 15, 2011

    Can he be taken off legally? Heck, he lied on his credentials. If you lied on a job application and they found out, they'd probably fire you. Seems similar.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 15, 2011

    He got a right to be on the ballot. May not have a chance but if they take em off, they will most likely see a law suit. Civil liberity people from washington and everyone down on them.

  • simplemind2 Aug 15, 2011

    So this hard-core criminal - a.k.a. Lent C. Carr II, 37, thought that he can be elected on Raleigh City Council and become one of the city officials. Hummmm, nowadays crooks have no shame nor character - sad and tragic. Oh, I'll vote alright coming Oct. - just not him that's for sure!

  • Eightball Aug 15, 2011

    "But otherwise a perfect democratic candidate"!....does resemble quite a few of them!

  • anonemoose Aug 15, 2011

    I would say that he is no longer a resident of the county...But otherwise a perfect democratic candidate and should be elected.