The Moore County sheriff’s race now only has two candidates running in the November election. Democrat Mike Connor has withdrawn his name from the race Thursday, according to The Moore County Board of Elections.

The announcement comes after Connor, the former Aberdeen Police Chief, was arrested Friday evening by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for driving while impaired.

The charges follow after a vehicle accident Friday evening in Jackson Springs near the county line, according to the Montgomery County Detention Center where Connor was booked.  Connor was also charged Friday with driving left of center.

In July, Connor was charged with a misdemeanor hit-and-run that occurred in Biscoe.  In the Bisco Police Department’s report, Connor is accused of hitting a Honda Odyssey van with his Dodge Ram pickup truck and leaving the scene at an ABC store in Montgomery County.

Connor made a public statement he was not aware he struck the van until he returned a phone call that a Biscoe Officer left for him.

The Moore County Democratic Party said they will not appoint another candidate to replace Connor.  Republican Ronnie Fields and Independent candidate Steve Adams will face each other in the November 6 election.

Feature photo from Mike Connor for Sheriff’s Facebook Page.

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