Sheriff Woodard Response After Candidates Forum

Calvin L. Woodard

Thank you ALL for being supportive during the forum. We must stay focused and not allow ourselves to be turned away from the main issues. I did not have a reporter come to my house tonight, but every means was used on television (CBS Channel 17) to try to make it about animals and nothing on crime, children or our schools. Please make sure you VOTE, because Wilson County deserves to be a safe place for everyone and as your Sheriff I will continue fighting to make that happen. CW4WC Sheriff Calvin L. Woodard, Jr.

Re-Elect Calvin L. Woodard, Jr. Sheriff Wilson County

The CW4WC Sheriff Campaign Headquarters is officially open and will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9am-6pm. Stop in for your T-shirts. The window decals and pens are free thank you gifts. Also the yard signs will be available soon. Thank you for your support. The number to the headquarters is (252) 991-7389. Thank you for your support and let’s make this happen!!!

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General Election 2014 Sheriff Races Edgecombe/Wilson/Nash Counties

Sheriff Elections in all 3 counties I felt would turn out the way they did.

Edgecombe County Sheriff race Danny Colbert challenged Sheriff James L. Knight. That race turned out just like I knew it would. Sheriff Knight is the first black Sheriff of Edgecombe County and has been in office since being first appointed in 1996 to serve the unexpired term of former Sheriff Phil Ellis who retired. Sheriff Knight was first time elected by the people in 1998. He has been one of the most active Sheriffs in Edgecombe County bridging the gap between all races. He has been doing a great job over the years but there has been some folks who just can not get over him being a black man. They do not take in consideration his accomplishments and fairness that he has provided over the years. Sheriff Knight’s salary in my opinion should be reviewed but the County Commissioners would probably argue that they can’t afford to pay him anymore. I was there during the appointment and has been there during all of his elections. Congratulations on your victory and I know you will continue to do great things because I follow you faithfully.

Wilson County Sheriff race James Gardner challenged Sheriff Calvin Woodard. That race turned out just like I thought it would. Sheriff Woodard is the first black Sheriff of Wilson County and has been in office since 2010 when he defeated former Sheriff Wayne Gay during a nasty election. It appears that Woodard has been doing a good job inspite of some folks have been trying to paint a negative picture of him since he has been in office because some just refuse to accept that Sheriff Woodard is a black man. He is one of the highest paid Sheriffs across the state but he had nothing to do with his salary and it is up to the County Commissioners to change that but some folks want Sheriff Woodard to reduce his own salary. Well they didn’t have a problem with the salary when Sheriff Gay was in office. I followed Sheriff’s Woodard election in 2010 faithfully and attended several events. I have been following Sheriff Woodard for the past 4 years however I didn’t attend anything during this election. Congratulations on your victory and keep up the good work.

Nash County Sheriff race Stanley Griffin and Keith Stone was quite interesting. Griffin was trying to become the 1st black Sheriff of Nash County. Knowing the makeup and the mentality of Nash County electing a black Sheriff was going to be tough. I felt Stone would be elected. I have been knowing Stone for years dating back to when he used to live in Edgecombe County during the time he was a Highway Patrol. I met Griffin about 2 years ago when we were both guests on a local radio station. I learned then that he was a former Edgecombe County Sheriff Deputy and that he is a former Rocky Mount Police. Congratulations Keith Stone on your victory and we will see what you will do to help move Nash County Sheriff Department forward during the next 4 years.

Wilson NC – Wilson County sheriff receives 3rd-highest pay – News & Observer

The Political Agitator response: Damn these ignant racist a** guys continue to go after Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr.’s salary. Hell he said he would support a pay reduction but it ain’t his damn fault the County Commissioners have not chosen to reduce his pay. Hell he is only guaranteed he will be in office 4 years at a time so hell this is his livelihood. Where were these folks who are complaining about his pay when the previous Sheriff (the white man) Wayne Gay was in office? Oh but race ain’t got nothing to do with this. Former white Sheriff now a black Sheriff. I ain’t ignant to the FACT! Thes guys need to sit down and shut the hell up!

RALEIGH, N.C. — Rural Wilson County continues to be home to one of North Carolina’s highest-paid sheriffs, four years after the former sheriff’s salary sparked debate, according to a review by the News & Observer.

The newspaper reports ( ) that Wilson County exemplifies the disparities caused by leaving sheriffs’ pay up to county commissioners. Across North Carolina’s 100 counties, sheriffs make between $45,000 annually in Clay County and $182,000 in Mecklenburg County, when including salaries and bonuses, according to the paper’s review of state treasurer’s data from 2013.

Wilson County ranks third highest.

In 2010, then-candidate Calvin Woodard Jr. said he’d support a pay reduction if he was elected sheriff. Four years later, the job in a county with less than 82,000 people still pays more than $160,000, and Woodard is seeking a second term. (Source: Read more)

Wilson NC: Sheriff responds to campaign attack – Wilson NC

The Political Agitator Response: It is sad when candidates have to spend time dealing with ignant racist ass folk. It is evident that Gardner is campaigning on don’t vote for this black man. Thank you Sheriff Woodard for your setting the record straight.

Incumbent Sheriff Calvin Woodard said there’s a lot about politics he wishes weren’t true.

“I really wish candidates didn’t have to raise money to run for office,” Woodard said Friday afternoon. “I like meeting and talking with the people of Wilson County. But I think campaigns should be based on the candidate’s platform. Unfortunately, there is the raising money portion of this.”

Woodard doesn’t believe the person with the biggest war chest is automatically victorious.

Woodard, a Democrat, faces Republican Joey Gardner in the November election.

“I think people want to know your work record, your history,” Woodard said. “I think the people of Wilson County believe in this office and believe in me and know I am dedicated to getting the job done.” (Source: Read more)


The Political Agitator response: SMDH! This is so damn crazy! Sheriff Woodard is so much smarter than what is being portrayed here.

The differences in how Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard and sheriff’s candidate Joey Gardner would handle drug investigations and crime in the county have both candidates speaking out.

Gardner said there are specifics he will address in the near future that will be of concern to the public.

Woodard countered that Wilson County deputies are putting their lives on the line every day to stop drug activity and crime is down in Wilson County.

The controversy began with what many in the community are now calling “Vangate,” even taking to local radio to debate the series of events.

Woodard abused his power as sheriff when he asked that the van Gardner was riding in be pulled over when he was only observing polling sites, Gardner said. (Source: Wilson Times)

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The Van Incident

Wilson NC: Sheriff Woodard first to file for office – Wilson Times

Response: It appears that Sheriff Woodard has done a great job and will continue to do so.

When he decided he wanted to be the first candidate to file for office in Wilson County, Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. didn’t leave anything to chance.

Woodard arrived at the county Board of Elections office on Douglas Street nearly two hours early Monday to make his re-election bid official. His wife and children stood by his side as he waited for the filing period to open at noon.

"I take it seriously,” Woodard said of his commitment to filing for re-election. "I take the job seriously. I take the safety of the citizens seriously. To be honest, I love my job. My family has been very supportive. My wife’s here with me. The only person who can’t be here with me today is my father, and he’s with me in my heart.”

Five candidates filed for elected office in Wilson County and nine filed in Nash County, according to elections officials. All five Wilson candidates are incumbents. (Source: Read more)

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Sheriff Calvin Woodard