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Alleged misinformation in Union Co. race

A candidate for the Union County Board of Education is being investigated by the county prosecutor's office on allegations that he failed to provide accurate information on his candidate sign-up forms.

County elections board director John Whitley said allegations about Solomon Williamson, one of four candidates seeking two at-large seats, had been submitted to the Union County District Attorney's office. Whitley wouldn't elaborate about what was in question.

State law makes it a felony if a candidate turns in a form knowing the information is not true.

Whitley said Williamson's name will be on Tuesday's ballot, but the issues are now before District Attorney John Snyder. Snyder had not returned calls by late Wednesday.

Williamson wouldn't answer questions from the Observer.

“…At this time, I have attorneys representing me, working diligently to clarify this matter,” his e-mailed statement said. “As a wise man once said, ‘it does not matter how thin the pancake is, there is always two sides to it.' I filed with the fullest dignity and integrity on 7/31/08. In the final analysis I cannot ignore it, but build on it. This transgression has strengthened my ethical and moral principle.”

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