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High Point Mayor Bernita Sims, Councilman Foster Douglas won’t seek re-election


HIGH POINT, N.C. — Mayor Bernita Sims and City Councilman Foster Douglas will not run for re-election.

This became clear Friday as the candidate filing period for High Point elections ended at noon.

Both Sims and Douglas faced controversy in the past year leading up to the filing period.

Sims was indicted in November 2013 by a Guilford County grand jury for allegedly writing a worthless $7,000 check as part of an estate settlement.

The bill of indictment said Sims “unlawfully, willfully, and feloniously did draw, make, utter or issue and deliver to [Annie Ponce]” a check from a First Bank account in High Point that Sims “knew at the time … did not have sufficient funds on deposit with the bank with which to pay the check.”

Douglas and his brother sued the City of High Point back in 2002. A judge ruled against the brothers, then ordered them to pay the city’s legal fees.

Douglas owes $32,216 in a federal judgment to the city. The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office had planned to auction off his home to settle the debt with the City of High Point in December 2013.

Douglas filed for bankruptcy Dec. 16, 2013, to prevent his home from being auctioned off.

Douglas’ proposal to pay $1,125 per month for five years to Bank of America, the Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Department of Revenue was approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Benjamin A. Kahn.

Councilwoman Becky Smothers also chose not to seek re-election.

The general election is Nov. 4, 2014.

PDF: Candidate filings




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