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The McDowell County Board of Elections will conduct a hearing Tuesday morning to determine whether Doug McCraw is eligible to run for re-election this year to one of the Marion seats on the Board of Education.

The candidate challenge hearing will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Board of Elections office at the new location at 2458 N.C. 226 South in Marion.

Elections Director Kim Welborn said this hearing will focus on the eligibility of McCraw, who is seeking re-election this year to one of the Marion seats on the McDowell Board of Education. When McCraw filed to run again for the School Board, he gave his residential address as 111 Justice Road in Marion and his mailing address as 229 McKinney Road in Marion, according to information from the Board of Elections.

Welborn said the question about McCraw’s eligibility to run for a Marion seat is being raised by David Patneaude, who previously raised a similar concern about former School Board member Randy Williams’ residential status.

When contacted by The McDowell News, Patneaude said it was brought to his attention that McCraw actually lives in the Pleasant Gardens district, rather than the Marion district.

If that is true, McCraw should not have been eligible to run for the Marion seat in the first place, he added.

“I can’t understand why someone would run for a Marion seat knowing they live in P.G.,” said Patneaude on Friday.

Patneaude said he just wants to determine what is the truth in this matter.

“I think the voters need to know what is going on here,” he said.

When contacted by The McDowell News, McCraw said the allegation was “unsubstantiated drivel.”

“It’s just someone grinding an ax,” he added. “I have faith in the people that they will see what’s going on there.”

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