Raleigh Co. Commission candidate to be replaced on ballot

Raleigh County Commission candidate John Wooten withdrew his candidacy after receiving an advisory opinion from the State Bar that he couldn't practice criminal defense law in the county if he won the election. Since the county controls the budget for the prosecuting attorney's office, there would be a conflict of interest. Wednesday the state Elections Commission voted to allow the Democratic Executive Committee to replace Wooton on the ballot, but the commission also wants the circumstances reviewed in this case, and past and current office holders.