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State Senate candidate arrested on drug charges

Posted October 18, 2012

— Clarence Alexander Bender, a Democrat running for state Senate, was arrested Thursday morning in Nash County on charges of selling prescription narcotics.

The Nash County Sheriff's Office investigated Bender, 54, for two months, buying more than 100 pills from him. He is charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin and with maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of drug trafficking.

He was being held in the Nash County jail under $300,000 secured bond.

Bender told Vote-NC.org that he serves as a commissioner for the Town of Castalia. He is running for North Carolina Senate District 11 against incumbent Republican Buck Newton.


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  • debnamdavis Oct 19, 2012

    right is right and wrong is wrong...lets not make this like all democrats are bad because they are not. He is wrong for what he done...for running for office and doing that illegal garbage. He is a shame to try to pull some stupid mess off like that. SMH...

  • debnamdavis Oct 19, 2012

    that is typical for that area...no matter what his political background is...if they dig deep enough they will find out the same type of things going on with both parties...
    He got his mirror cracked but dont throw stones when your living in a glass house.

  • NC Tech Oct 19, 2012

    OH my my!! This sure stinks up the campaign. I would say he's needing some of those pill for himself about now. How utterly foolish!

  • shawnwilliams159 Oct 19, 2012

    Like Marion Barry, his like will still support this corrupt democrat.

  • karbattle1 Oct 19, 2012

    Is Nash County using 1980 Polaroids for their photos?

  • meltnfrets Oct 19, 2012

    I could care less he's a democrat, there are good people on both sides but this is, by far, the funniest thing I've read in weeks. Whos sells drugs while running for office? Seriously? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!! Hope he isn't running with a "Get tough on CRIME!" platform.

  • Kaitlyn Oct 19, 2012

    "Call Rush. He knows a great rehab facility."

    LOL yeah, it's funny to think about all the conservative dittoheads lauding the political insights of a man who was totally strung out on dope!

  • jdlewis76 Oct 19, 2012

    After the Democrats tried so hard to ruin Newton with trumped up drug charges in '10, it's sweet that they're running a drug dealer of their own.

  • bubbba Oct 19, 2012

    Fits right in with all the others. I have noticed a big uptick around here in opium and heroin arrest. The drug was must be working. Cartels are bringing more in and we are putting Americans in jail. Hmmmmm

  • Scubagirl Oct 19, 2012

    guess he just LOST the election. Way to go mr. Bender