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New Hanover politician’s name used to promote event he doesn’t support

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New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, a Democrat running to represent the 7th district in Congress, didn't know his name was in a right-wing press release until WECT told him. New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, a Democrat running to represent the 7th district in Congress, didn't know his name was in a right-wing press release until WECT told him.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A local politician was surprised to learn his name is being used to promote an event he doesn't support. 

New Hanover County Commissioner Jonathan Barfield, a Democrat running to represent the 7th district in Congress, didn't know his name was in a right-wing press release until WECT told him. 

Americans for Prosperity, a national conservative group, sent a press release Wednesday announcing its tour of charter schools that launches Friday at Douglass Academy in Wilmington. 

The release lists "notable attendees," including area Republican lawmakers – and Barfield, who initially agreed to attend.

"What I understand about the Douglass Academy is that it is a school geared toward African American students, and so that's what I thought the whole premise was about, not understanding it was about a political agenda with Americans for Prosperity and looking at using taxpayer dollars to use a voucher system for that particular school," Barfield said. 

John Dudley of Americans for Prosperity released the following statement: 

"This event was advertised as a school choice event and a tour of a public charter school. All charter schools are public schools, and, by definition, receive public funding - like all public schools. The purpose of the event at a public charter school should not have come as a surprise to him." 

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