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Man wrongly convicted of kidnapping, rape running for NC sheriff

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LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — Last year, Anthony Huss was serving time in prison after being convicted of kidnapping and second-degree rape.

On Friday, he proudly wore a pin asking voters in Lincoln County to make him their sheriff, according to WSOC-TV.

Huss said he realized while in prison the system needed to change.

Anthony Huss (WSOC-TV)

Anthony Huss (WSOC-TV)

“On the fourth day I decided to be sheriff,” Huss said.

He said he was wrongfully convicted in 2011.

Several months later the state appeals court overturned his convictions.

They said prosecutors didn’t prove their case, but wrote they still believe the victim was forced to have sex against her will.

“If it can happen to me it can happen to anybody,” Huss said.

Huss entered a float into the Lincolnton Fourth of July parade to announce his candidacy.

He got the convictions cleared from his record and collected the 100 signatures needed to qualify as a write-in candidate for sheriff.

Read full story: WSOC-TV