Corey Wilson attempting to salvage campaign, reputation
OK, here we go again. All of a sudden candidates for school baorad are showing up as criminals. First it was Jay Cunningham and his three-decades old felony conviction. Now the wave has hit Corey Wilson, the golden boy in district 3 may have hit a speed bump on his way to the school board. According to the AJC, Wilson is suppose to come clean on a few arrests of his own. According to public records, Wilson has been arrested on several occasions including the 2006 arrest for simple assasult that the AJC dug up. The assault was a misdemeanor. The AJC could not confirm that a booking photo of Wilson was truly him. There is no doubt that the person in the booking photo is Wilson. The fact that this particular offense is recent, is what is most disturbing. Here is a man that was in his mid-30’s and got caught up in criminal proceedings in the court system. Not a good example at all. To his credit, Wilson went through a pre-trial diversion program which he completed successfully, and the case was eligible for expungement. The 2006 case was pleaded out to Nollo Prosse with no conviction on his record. The charge in question revolves around a dispute between himself and his wife. I questioned Wilson on the details, but he said it was a private matter. Wilson and his wife recently celebrated their 12th anniversary. I have talked to Corey Wilson in the past, and he really is a genuinely concerned parent. Part of the reason he accepted the Nollo plea, according to Wilson, was to protect his children from any embarrassing and drawn out court appearance. Wilson admitted that he has made mistakes in the past, but wants people to judge him as a whole and not as the few parts divulged in the media. The first time we talked, he told me his life story damn near (minus this of course). We spent more than an hour on the phone really connected. His story was my story. It is truly possible that we may have crossed paths but never knew it. Now, here we are, 40 years old, we are husbands, fathers, we work in the community and we really care about where we live. I am not going to change my overall opinion of Wilson based on these recent revelations though I will follow him with a much more cautious eye. I had already pledged my vote for Wilson, and I will probably follow through on that. I think Wilson should have come clean early on. I know he probably thought people would crucify him for it, but coming clean and explaining the circumstances would have gone a long way in mending any doubts that lingered in people minds. I hope that Wilson has learned a valuable lesson from this. I also hope that he knows that, even if he wins, he has a very short leash to work with. Any misstep, and he can be ousted very quickly, and his aspirations of higher offices dumped as well.
Here is an updated story from the AJC with some details