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Rockingham leaders look to the state law for way to remove Keith Mabe

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Keith Mabe

WENTWORTH, N.C. — Here’s the quandary faced by Rockingham County commissioners: They would like a law to remove fellow Commissioner Keith Mabe from office, as long as it’s not a recall election that could put their own seats at risk.

Mabe has faced the ire of his colleagues after refusing to step down following multiple arrests on drug charges and driving while impaired.

But he’s not facing any felony charges, which would, by state law, automatically remove him from office.

And North Carolina doesn’t have a law that specifically speaks to recalls, although Greensboro and 19 other cities in the state have their own ordinances on the books that allow the municipalities to put the ouster of an official to a vote.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record