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Cleared convict announces write-in candidacy for county sheriff

A float supporting Anthony Huss’s write-in candidacy for sheriff in the Lincolnton Independence Day parade on Friday.

A float supporting Anthony Huss’s write-in candidacy for sheriff in the Lincolnton Independence Day parade on Friday.

ELIZABETH HEFFNER
Staff Writer

Lincoln County resident Anthony Huss announced, with a float in Lincolnton’s Independence Day parade, that he will run for the office of Lincoln County sheriff in the November election as a write-in candidate.
“My biggest focus in on quality rather than quantity,” Huss said, citing the department’s most recent mass drug round-up investigation.“I want to make everything transparent and accountable. The community needs to be aware of what the (law enforcement’s) rules are so we can hold them accountable. Otherwise, it’s not an open and honest government.”
Huss’s decision to run for sheriff is partially based on his past experience, during a time when he feels the legal system failed him.
The Lincoln Times-News previously reported that Huss was accused of kidnapping and raping an ex-girlfriend in 2007. According to Huss, the couple dated for five months, originally meeting during one of his martial arts classes at a local YMCA.
In July 2011, a Lincoln County jury convicted Huss of felony counts of kidnapping and second-degree sex offense, and he was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 71 to 95 months for each conviction.
However, after serving almost two years in prison, both the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the N.C. Supreme Court overturned these convictions. Since his release earlier this year, Huss has been actively looking for a way to help facilitate change within local law enforcement.
Because he did not file before the official June deadline, Huss said he will be a write-in candidate. He did not file with either the Republican or Democratic parties, so he is deemed a third party candidate.
“I didn’t have everything organized by the original deadline,” he said. “I could have filed earlier, but I was not able to financially…but I still wanted to be part of the campaign process (this year).”
From there, Huss opted to announce his candidacy on July 4 in honor of the country’s forefathers and their strong leadership and advocacy for change.
“It’s the Fourth of July — what better day to announce my candidacy?” he said. “Our forefathers felt it was a good enough day to start our new government, and this is the first Independence Day I’ve celebrated as a free man in the past four years.
“I hope the people of Lincoln County have the mindset that they remember our history, our roots and the power to address the government for their grievances,” Huss continued. “I have working knowledge of the system — better than anyone else has. I see the breakdown of the system, and I can see a better way to protect and serve our community, in a way that is currently not being done.”
Now that Huss has announced his candidacy, he is eager to share several ways in which he hopes to improve upon the current law enforcement procedures and protocols, one of which is the creation of the Justice App. According to Huss, the app would automatically save all written and recorded data into a time-stamped database that would allow documentation and evidence to be easily accessed, eliminating the need for hard copy files, or cases where an officer, witness or suspect’s handwriting is illegible. Furthermore, the audio and video recording would serve to eliminate forgotten details or memories when documentation is needed during court trials.
“We take that kind of wishy-washy stuff, that nonsense, out of the mix,” he said. “I want to eliminate any gray zone…to shine a big flashlight on everything that they do by having a time stamped, easily accessible database.”
This week, Huss plans to host a petition-signing booth in downtown Lincolnton, where supporters will be able to commit to entering his name on their ballot in November.
“I want people to come and get to know me,” he said. “I want people to come out and question me, to dig into me and my platform. I’m an open book.”
Huss and his supporters are currently putting together a website, www.votehuss.com, for his campaign. He hopes to have the website up in running within the next week or so.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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