Nick Mackey, a Democratic candidate for state representative, is being sued by the publishers of an area phone book.
Yellow Book Sales is suing the local attorney for allegedly failing to pay more than $22,000 in advertising debt.
Filed in Forsyth County, the lawsuit alleges Yellow Book ran ads for Mackey's law firm between 2005 and 2007 in books that went to six counties: Iredell, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln, Cabarrus and Stanley.
Attorneys for the publisher said Friday they were struggling to find Mackey to serve him legal papers, a requirement for the lawsuit to move forward.
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“He has not been easy to track down,” said attorney J.T. Small. “Right now it is in the hands of the sheriff's department.”
Mackey did not return calls for comment.
Mackey, 41, resigned from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in 2003 while under investigation for allegedly falsifying work hours. In 2005, he filed for bankruptcy.
In December of this year, he was convicted of contempt of court. His appeal on that case is pending.
Mackey is best known for his failed 2007 bid for sheriff. That year Sheriff Jim Pendergraph, 59, stepped down. Mackey won the party election, only to have his victory thrown out when officials discovered that precincts had been improperly organized.
Chipp Bailey was eventually chosen to replace Pendergraph. Mackey has since turned his attention toward the General Assembly, House District 99, which includes Huntersville and the University City area.
The seat was held by six-time incumbent Drew Saunders, 69. Mackey defeated Saunders during this year's primary and now faces Republican Dempsey Miller, a retired civil engineer and real estate broker from Huntersville.
Small said his clients have tried to end the dispute with Mackey, going so far as to offer to settle with him for half of what he owes. So far, all attempts have been unsuccessful, he said.