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MeckGOP "Disavows" Any Link To Soil And Water Board Candidate

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The Mecklenburg Republican Party had to do some quick revisions to its 2012 Voter Guide last week.  The group sent out a press release, saying it received some "troubling information" regarding a candidate for the Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor and "disavowed" any connection with the candidate.

The release doesn't mention the name of the candidate, but it was likely Doug Hanks.  Hanks is a private conservation officer who says he created a privately-managed redwood reforestation project in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

He ran for an at-large seat on the Charlotte City Council in 2005.  But he dropped out after it came to light that he posted more than 4,000 times on a white supremacist forum.  At the time, Hanks told the Charlotte Observer he was only acting and doing research for a book.

The MeckGOP says its officers revised the voter guide within hours of learning of the issue.