The pace of the race in NC Senate District 22 picked up steam over the weekend, when during a routine search for campaign finance disclosures, we discovered that our opponent had failed to file organizational paperwork with the State Board of Elections.
When I called Kerry Sutton on Friday to let her know of the online find, Kerry, a defense attorney who is steady and meticulous with details said, "we need to get all the facts before we release any of this."
I was ready to go ahead and tell everyone, traditional media included, just because the "The Committee to Elect Mike Woodard" documents were not on the State Board of Elections website.
So after a weekend of knocking on doors, and researching NC Election Law, and preparing for the release of this information, I was actually shocked to discover that the guy who boasts on his website: "In 2005, I made a very simple promise to the citizens of Durham—that I’d be a councilman they could be proud of." has, now, seven years later made Durham residents not-so-proud by failing to comply with State election law.
Public records show Woodard has not filed any reports for his state senate campaign against my candidate Kerry Sutton. While, it would be easy to say this was just an oversight, it's not the first time Woodard has violated election finance laws. He was cited in 2010 for not providing timely and accurate information about contributions and expenditures for his campaign for Durham City Council.
It would have also been easy for Kerry Sutton to say run with it, but she didn't. Instead she wanted to give her opposition the benefit of the doubt, and thus we waited, got our ducks in row, and then sent out just the facts.
One thing is for certain, with Kerry Sutton in the NC Senate, our state will have a tough, and courageous advocate. She will do her homework before she casts a vote and she will always be a defender of what's right and fair--even to her opponent in this race.