Trudy Wade’s Husband
From a complaint made by Democracy NC to the Board of Elections in June of 2004 regarding campaign contributions related to video poker:
Clarence Ray “Bucky” Jernigan – Jernigan made the front page of Triad newspapers in May 2004 for his arrest and subsequent confession that he placed video-poker machines in stores, profited from illegal cash payouts, and provided free attorneys for store clerks caught paying cash – as long as they denied he knew about the payouts. Jernigan’s wife (Trudy Wade) is a Guilford County commissioner; he is a Republican candidate for the state House, running against incumbent Arlie Culp (R-Randolph). Jernigan runs Heath Cigarette & Music Service, which the Randolph County Sheriff charges is at the center of “an organized gambling operation.” Jernigan originally denied any wrongdoing, telling a reporter, “I’d say that this company is run as straight as any in North Carolina.” But in a subsequent affidavit, Jernigan admitted his role in cash payoffs and said the industry’s lobbying effort is aimed at making them legal in exchange for paying a $1,000-per-machine licensing fee. “If we pay $1,000 to register a machine, then we want something out of it,” Jernigan said in the affidavit. Although he is a Republican, Jernigan gave Black’s campaign $500 in November 2002.
It is my understanding that the marriage was very brief and subsequently annulled. Still, this was just a few years ago. I can’t help but wonder if her obvious lack of judgment extends to her dealings on the Greensboro City Council. If she would marry a career criminal, what might she have also been up to with DH Griffin in the proposal to reopen the White Street Landfill?
Was there a financial settlement ending the marriage? Did Wade profit from illegal gambling? Given such a past, with whom is she consorting now?
Perhaps Jorge Cornell isn’t such a bad choice for District 5, after all.