Temple: City Council Candidate Has List Of Misdemeanor Convictions

By: Nick Delgado Email
By: Nick Delgado Email
One of the candidates in a special election to fill a vacant seat on the Temple City Council has a list of more than a dozen misdemeanor convictions.

Gregory Wise in a recent booking photo.

TEMPLE (June 16, 2014) Gregory Wise, one of four candidates in a special election to fill a vacant seat on the Temple City Council, has 14 misdemeanor convictions dating back to 2000, according to court records.

Charges include criminal trespassing, marijuana possession, unlawfully carrying a weapon, unlawfully transferring a weapon, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, terroristic threat to a family member and interference with public duties, the records show.

His most recent arrest was on Dec. 22, 2013, and also involves a misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge.

The case is scheduled to go to court on June 23.

The Bell County Sheriff’s Office said he served two days in jail from June 4 to June 6 on a simple assault charge.

The misdemeanor convictions do not disqualify Wise from seeking office, Temple City Secretary Lacy Borgeson said.

The Election Code only bars convicted felons from running for office, she said.

Wise could not be reached for comment.

He’s in a four-way race to fill the District 2 seat on the Temple City Council.

Former District 2 Temple City Councilwoman Judy Morales, resigned from the seat after she pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge and then later declined office after the May 10 election in which she was uncontested.

Morales, however, signed up to run again in the special election on July 19.

The other candidates are Cynthia Arriaga, 47, a custodian and full-time college student and James Zeptner, 53, a carpenter.

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