An Albemarle man arrested in connection with his mother's slaying is now running for city council.
Joe Canupp filed his candidate application with the Stanly County Board of Elections Friday, July 5.
Canupp was arrested in April 1987 on a first-degree murder charge after his mother was found shot to death in a shallow grave in the woods behind her home.
Court officials told Channel 9 Canupp pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, and was sent to a mental institution for several years.
Eyewitness News also found several other criminal convictions listed on the North Carolina Department of Corrections website for Canupp, including breaking and entering, assault and escape from prison.
But elections officials said when Canupp filed his application, he only admitted to one felony conviction for motor vehicle theft in 1977.
Officials said they notified Canupp about the misinformation, and he has promised to update his information.
In North Carolina, it is legal for ex-convicts to run for every public office, except sheriff.
Canupp told Channel 9 he believes his criminal past could actually help him win the election.
"It makes me popular. I'm the most well-known person in this county. Everybody's heard of me," Canupp said.
Canupp denied the manslaughter conviction and said he struck a deal with the judge that kept a conviction from going on his record.
"It's not guilty, but it's not not guilty," Canupp explained.
He said he didn't include all of his convictions on his application because he was embarrassed about his history, but maintains he is still a viable candidate.
"I would make a good city councilman because I would change this city," Canupp said.
Elections officials said Canupp has until the end of filing period on July 19 to amend the application with correct information.
If he does not, elections officials said they could refer him to the Stanly County District Attorney's office, as it is a felony to intentionally lie about convictions on the application.