NC House candidate files assault charges against his opponent

TABOR CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Tempers continue to flare during this year’s election cycle after two candidates for the North Carolina House clash.

The North Carolina GOP announced Saturday that Republican NC House candidate Brenden Jones has filed criminal assault charges against his opponent, Democrat Tim Benton.

The two were allegedly involved in an incident during a family festival. The charges were filed on Saturday.

According to court documents, the two are due in court on November 14th.

Jones and Benton are running against each other for the District 46 House position, which represents Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties.

In a statement, NC GOP spokeswoman Kami Mueller said, “We are just thankful that Brenden Jones, his wife, and nine year old daughter, who were all with him at the time did not suffer serious injuries. The Democratic Party of North Carolina should join us in seeking Tim Benton’s removal as a candidate immediately. “

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