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Local DA's race heats up

According to an online story from KTRE-TV, there have been reports of illegal electioneering in the Shelby County DA’s race, as Republican candidate and current DA, Kenneth Florence , says his opponent, Democrat Stephen Shires’ supporters were handing out food from the Shelby County Child Advocacy Center’s food booth at the recent East Texas Poultry Festival, in bags marked for Shire’s campaign. Florence says the practice was against IRS code for non-profits. Shires says the accusation is much to do about nothing, and he believes nothing has gone on that was improper. Both Shires and Florence were members of the advocacy center board at the time. Another supposed campaign conflict arose in the past couple of months when Florence and his wife entered a Center restaurant and said Shires and advocacy center staff were having what appeared to be a luncheon meeting, in which Florence says, he was not invited to, adding he thought the luncheon may have been paid for with advocacy center monies. Florence has dropped a grand jury subpoena of bank and payroll records related to the matter. Florence has since submitted his letter of resignation from the advocacy center’s board. Florence mentioned in the report there are no truths to the rumor he’s planning to shut-down the child advocacy center and have staff members arrested.

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