Cary D. Allred

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Cary D. Allred
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 64th district
In office
1995–2009
Succeeded by Dan Ingle
Alamance County Commissioner
In office
1984–1994
Member of the North Carolina Senate
from the 21st district
In office
1981–1984
Personal details
Born (1947-02-07)February 7, 1947
Mebane, NC
Died December 10, 2011(2011-12-10) (aged 64)
Greensboro, NC
Political party Republican
Residence Burlington, NC
Occupation Small business owner, politician

Cary Dale Allred (February 7, 1947 – December 10, 2011) was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's sixty-fourth House district, including constituents in Alamance County. A business owner from Burlington, North Carolina, Allred was elected to eight terms in the state House. He previously served two terms in the state Senate. Allred served in the United States Navy, and has also served as an Alamance County commissioner. He spent the majority of his career as a Republican, but following a series of public controversies, he left the Republican Party in 2010 and registered as an independent.

Allred died December 10, 2011, in Greensboro, North Carolina.[1] He was 64.

Early life[edit]

Cary Allred was born February 7, 1947 in Mebane, North Carolina, and graduated from Southern Alamance High School in 1965. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Navy and graduate from Elon University in 1970.[2]

Recent electoral history[edit]

In March 2010, Allred changed his voter registration to unaffiliated and stated his intention to run for County Commissioner in Alamance County either as an independent or a write-in candidate.[3] He was able to get enough signatures to qualify as a write-in,[4] but eventually lost the race to Republican Tom Manning.

Alamance County Commissioner[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Manning 25,110 62.02%
Democratic Jeremy Teetor 14,002 34.59%
Independent Write-in 1,373 3.39%
Totals 40,485 100.00%
NC House of Representatives 64th District General Election 2008[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Cary Dale Allred 22,122 61.38%
Democratic Henry Vines 13,919 38.62%
Totals 36,041 100.00%

Controversies[edit]

In 1981, while a state senator, Allred wrote letters on his company letterhead asking for opinions on health issues and to keep his company in mind for their needs. An investigation by the state Senate found this to be an ethics violation.[7]

In August 2008, Allred caused a minor local controversy by handing out his legislative cards and state maps at a local Southern Alamance High School football game during his run for the North Carolina Legislature. He was asked to leave the premises.[8]

In November 2008, after winning re-election, Allred left a series of answering machine messages bragging about his victory while sounding intoxicated. Allred claimed that he was "intoxicated with victory".[9]

On the evening of April 27, 2009, Allred was pulled over by a North Carolina State Highway Patrolman, who observed the representative traveling 102 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. Allred stated that he had consumed one chelada. Later that evening, he arrived at the state legislature and embraced a 17-year-old page. Both Allred and the page have stated that they share a "Grandfather-granddaughter" relationship; however, on April 30, 2009, an investigation was launched by the Sergeant-at-Arms of the legislature.

On May 20, 2009, a report indicated that several persons had seen Mr. Allred behave "inappropriately" with the page. Mr. Allred threatened to leave the Republican Party. He then resigned the position on June 1, 2009.[7]

On June 29, 2010, Mr. Allred was pulled over by Burlington police officers who observed him swerving into the lane opposite his and refused to take a sobriety test. At this point he was taken to the police station where he was given an alcohol-breath test but was unable to produce a sufficient amount of breath to produce a reading (he claimed that due to his bronchitis he was unable to produce enough breath) which resulted in it being recorded as a fail.[citation needed]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilder, Mike (10 December 2011). "Former state lawmaker Cary Allred passes away". Burlington Times-News. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Election 2008:Cary Dale Allred". UNC-TV website. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Allred says goodbye to the GOP, pledges write-in run for county commissioner". Burlington Times-News. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Cary Allred Files As Write-In Candidate For Alamance County Commissioner". WFMY-TV. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Alamance County Election Results 2010". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "NC House 64th District General Election Results 2008". NC State Board of Elections. Retrieved 13 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Wilder, Mike (1 June 2009). "Allred leaves legacy of service, conflicts". Burlington Times-News. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Boyer, Robert (19 September 2008). "Schools' practices on distributing materials seem to cause confusion". Burlington Times-News. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  9. ^ Boyer, Robert (5 November 2008). "Allred: 'I wanted to stomp him'". Burlington Times-News. Retrieved 11 December 2011.