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Convicted Felon Drops out of Council Race

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Port Wentworth will have one less name on the ballot in two weeks after one city council candidate dropped out of the race.

Former candidate Mike Woods withdrew from the race Wednesday.

News 3 has learned that his past may have led to his departure from the race.

It turns out Woods is a convicted felon.

News 3 obtained criminal records which show Woods was arrested in May of 1978 for criminal attempt to commit armed robbery.

The indictment shows he pointed a pistol at the clerk and demanded money.

In September of 1978, Woods pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault with intent to rob.

He was sentenced to six months behind bars and two and a half years on probation.

News 3's Andrew Davis confronted Woods at a campaign event this past weekend.

He had a lot to say about his previous problems and what people should or should not know about his past.

"I've put on my Facebook page that if anyone had any questions on my past present or future to contact me," Woods said.

"Then why is it that Mr. Gary Norton told me earlier that he didn't know you were a convicted felon," Davis replied.

"I don't know I can't tell you that, but it's a matter of public record. It happened 35 years ago," Woods said.

By Georgia law, any convicted felon is not allowed to run for or be elected to public office.

Even if he had not dropped out of the race, Woods' criminal history would have stopped him from ever joining the council.

At tonight's Port Wentworth City Council meeting, the idea was brought up to do background checks on all future candidates.

That proposal will be taken up by the new council after the election in two weeks.

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