Apparently Damon Gray was told to take a hike by the Caroline County Democratic Committee:
From The Caroline Progress (print edition, September 5, 2007, p. 6): To Whom It May Concern [emphasis mine]:
To Whom It May Concern
Be it known that any Board of Supervisors Candidate wanting to obtain the Caroline County Democratic Party Nomination for the November 6th 2007 Election must have filed the following documents on or before April 13th 2007 at 5:00 p.m.
Candidates to be determined by a Primary Election/Mass Meeting must have filed:
- Petition of Qualified Voters (125 signatures of registered voters in the district) (signatures not required for Mass Meeting)
- Statement of Organization
- Certificate of Candidate Qualification
- Declaration of Candidacy
- Receipt for payment of Primary Filing fee
- Statement of Economic Interests
The documents must be filed with the chair of the political party, the General County Registrar and the Electoral Board. The Primary filing fee must be filed with the County Treasurer.
No candidate filed for the Democratic Party Nomination in the Bowling Green or Madison Magisterial Districts.
A Caroline County business owner was charged this week with heading to work at Fort A.P. Hill with drugs in his possession, police said.
Damon Lee Gray, 49, is charged with possessing a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, Caroline Sheriff Homer Johnson said.
Gray owns and operates the Sparta General Store, a popular store in the community south of Bowling Green.
He also has a construction business and is one of the contractors working at A.P. Hill in preparation for the upcoming Boy Scout Jamboree. Johnson said Gray has done excellent work on several county churches.
Johnson said a regional drug task force and others began investigating Gray and others after receiving complaints that Gray and his crew were smoking marijuana at the Army base work sites.
The task force, which includes officers from Caroline, Fluvanna and Louisa counties, had Gray and others under surveillance for a few weeks. The Provost Marshal’s Office at A.P. Hill assisted the task force.
On Tuesday morning, Johnson said, Gray was stopped by military authorities on the Army base. Individuals on federal bases are subject to search without a warrant, Johnson said.
Johnson said police found marijuana and Percocet in Gray’s possession. He did not have a prescription for the painkiller, the sheriff said.
Johnson said an investigation into alleged drug activities involving others is ongoing.
Johnson said it is his understanding that Gray won’t be allowed to work at A.P. Hill pending the outcome of his case. But he said it shouldn’t affect the Jamboree.
“The Scouts are coming as scheduled,” Johnson said. “It will take more than this to slow them down.”