Council candidate keeps name on ballot after drug arrest

by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:

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POLKTON, N.C. —

Town Council candidate in Anson County said he still hopes to win a seat in Tuesday's election despite a recent drug arrest.

Jack Wickham faced a judge Monday morning on charges of felony selling and delivering prescription drugs and maintaining a home for that purpose after he was arrested on Oct. 21.

Wickham is one of seven people who have filed to run for the five open spots on the Polkton Town Council.

Investigators said a tip led them to Wickham's Polkton home, where authorities said an undercover narcotics officer made multiple purchases of the narcotic Lorcet.

"The drug he was selling was a pretty powerful painkiller and can be dangerous if taken with alcohol, or abused as such," said Sheriff Tommy Allen.

The director at the Anson County Board of Elections told Eyewitness News that Wickham had not withdrawn from the race since his arrest, and that his name was on the printed ballots voters will use on Tuesday.

When reached by phone, Wickham declined an interview but told Channel 9 that he still hoped to win a spot on the Town Council.

If he lost, he would run again in two years.

Wickham admitted he had made a mistake but told Channel 9 it was a moment of bad judgment and he believed he was helping someone who was in pain by providing them with the pills.

Wickham said he believed he was being targeted by someone who wanted him out of the race, and said he still believed he would be an effective town official.

Wickham does not have a previous criminal history.