North Carolina candidate asks for examination on timing of jail sentence

A man who lost his bid for a seat on the Hertford, North Carolina, town council has asked state officials to examine the timing of his arrest by the local sheriff’s department over less than $1,700 in child support payments, the Associated Press reported.

The court order that landed the candidate in prison on the day of the election was allegedly five months old, and Quentin Jackson is wondering why they waited till this specific time to arrest him, according to the news outlet.

“It just feels bad to be portrayed as a bad guy trying to skip out on some child support,” Jackson told WTKR 3 News.

Jackson said that his lack of money has prevented him from making the payments, along with the bills for the apartment where the kids stay with their mother.

“Their mom, she lives in an apartment. She doesn’t have to pay any rent. She [doesn’t] have to pay any light bills. She doesn’t have to pay any bills – I take care of that,” Jackson told the news source.