Former Guilford County Commissioner Alan Branson is 0 and 2 in his fight to prevent the electoral certification of the $1.7 billion school bond that voters passed in May.
The Guilford County Board of Elections voted against his complaint earlier, and, upon appeal, on Thursday, June 30, so did the NC State Board of Elections. However, just like a batter in baseball, Branson is not out in two strikes. If he so chooses, he has another swing: the courts.
Branson, who presented evidence soon after the May election that Guilford County government and Guilford County schools had illegally used taxpayer funds and resources to push for passage of the giant school bond, said that he’s now deciding whether to continue the fight in court.
“I’m considering the options,” Branson said just minutes after the NC State Board of Elections voted down his appeal of the case that had previously been rejected by the Guilford County Board of Elections.
“Going to court will cost about $20,000 to $25,000,” he said. “Today cost $5,000.”
Branson, who runs a successful trucking company, said he’s hoping to see some money come in for the cause from like-minded people who don’t approve of the tactics that the county and school system implemented to help pass the school bonds.
“I have ten days to decide from the time the [decision] letter is sent,” Branson said. “I think that letter will go out tomorrow.”
He pointed out that he’s also currently funding his campaign to win a seat on the Guilford County Board of Elections in November. Branson won the Republican primary for the at-large seat on the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and will face off against incumbent Democratic County Commissioner Kay Cashion.