Representative Paul Luebke passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2016. My sincere condolences & prayers go out to his family.
Now, this leaves a vacancy in Durham’s Representation in the North Carolina General Assembly. According to our General Statutes, the Durham County Democratic Party can make a recommendation to the Governor to appoint a replacement for the remaining term that Luebke was elected to. That terms ends on January 1, 2017. See NCGS § 163-11.
Now, we are encountering an UNUSUAL situation here; We are 8 days away from the General Election. The ballots have been printed and we’ve already started ‘Early Voting’, so I’m sure there are many that have already cast a ballot for Mr. Luebke. After all, he was the heavy favorite in ‘The Democrat controlled Utopia of Durham’.
Here’s the dilemma: As of his DEATH on Saturday, Mr. Luebke is no longer eligible to run for the NC House.
NC State Constitution, Article II – Section 7
Sec. 7. Qualifications for Representative.
Each Representative, at the time of his election, shall be a qualified voter of the State, and shall have resided in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.
Since Mr. Luebke is disqualified from THIS Particular Election, the other candidate on the ballot, Elissa Fuchs, will be the ONLY QUALIFIED Candidate to receive votes. She SHOULD BE declared the winner of this particular race. However, from my early chats with our officials, it appears the democrats will pick his replacement. And our GOP will stand by & allow it.
I personally have scoured through the majority of Chapter 163 of our elections statutes and I can NOT find anything to address this particular situation. Now, there are statutes on ‘Deaths Before & After a Primary Election’, and as stated above, filling a vacancy while in office, but nothing on how to handle a candidates death, this close to a General Election. If I’ve missed the statute in Chapter 163, you legal scholars please correct me & point me to it.
Now, for a full disclaimer, I’m NOT a fan of Mr. Luebke. He was a socialist. I’ve questioned for years whether or not he even resided within the district that he represents. His other job is a ‘Professor of Sociology’ at UNC-G in Greensboro NC. That’s a heck of a commute on a daily basis … 60 plus miles one way. And he UNLAWFULLY uses his NC Legislative Email account for correspondence with his students & other faculty there at UNC-G. Listed on his UNC-G Profile.
On his NC Legislative page, he lists his address as a P.O. Box. Upon further investigation, this SAME P.O. Box is assigned to a company named Denson Printing here in Durham. Did Luebke RESIDE at Denson Printing or maybe just got his mail there? Who knows?
If we look up Mr. Luebke on the State Voter database, he lists an address of 311 S. LaSalle St. This is the address of Duke Manor Apartments. Over the last 20 plus years, Duke Manor has been a haven for thugs & illegals. I just can’t imagine a NC Representative actually living in a place like this. I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that this was a ‘Phantom Address’ to allow him to file for election.
A simple Google Search will turn up THOUSANDS of hits for ‘Duke Manor Crime’ over the last several years.
I hope and pray that our GOP leaders won’t cave in, as usual, & allow the Democrats keep control of this seat in the NC General Assembly. The legal team needs to RE-READ the actual LAWS and not just ‘Go With The FLOW’ like they have done in the past.
And, if the legal team wants to investigate our Durham State Senator, Mike Woodard, I did a write-up on him years past. He TOO uses a non-residential address.
Respectfully submitted by SilenceDogood2010 this Thirty First Day of October in the Year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Sixteen.