Former Wake County school board candidate Jerry Ballan may have had more than sufficient reason to drop out of the race.
Ballan was among a list of Florida businessmen who received immunity in exchange for agreeing to testify in 1991 against the operators of a bordello. While Ballan's name appeared on the bordello's client list, his secretary told a newspaper reporter in 1991 that Ballan had simply mailed his business card to the prostitute.
Ballan denied the prostitution case was the reason he dropped out of the school board race. He told reporter Ray Martin that the reason was his wife's health issues.
Click here for an article about the prostitution case. The couple that ran the bordello were later convicted on the charges.
The Wake County GOP had endorsed Ballan before he withdrew from the District 7 race.
"I don't know anything about his past that would make him want to withdraw," said Wake GOP Chairman Claude Pope. "In our candidate vetting process, we ask if there is anything in your past that would preclude you from running. He had nothing on the questionaire about that. Nor did everyone else for that matter."
Ballan, after being asked if dropping out has anything to do with his involvement in the prostitution case said "not that I'm aware of."
Ballan said he hadn't told the GOP about the case when he signed up to run.
"Absolutely not," Ballan said in an interview. "It was a personal decision because they still have not been able to determine what's wrong with my wife."