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Roanoke County candidate answers questions about his past

By Susan Bahorich, sbahorich@wdbj7.com
Published On: Sep 30 2013 05:01:16 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 30 2013 11:29:08 PM EDT

A man running for office in Roanoke County is trying to end the mudslinging targeted at his campaign.

ROANOKE CO., Va. -

A Roanoke County candidate is answering what he calls "negative" campaigning, head on.

Brian Lang is running for the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, Hollins district.

Monday morning, he held a news conference to respond to an anonymous letter which has been distributed around the county.

The document lists Lang's criminal and civil record.

It includes an assault charge, some financial issues and driving offenses.

Lang says he takes responsibility for his actions, but some of the allegations are taken out of context.

"The listing of the assault charge is highly deceptive because it was a case in which a Roanoke County Police Officer recommended I go to the magistrate to file charges against the defendant (beep beep), who assaulted me."

Lang is running against Al Bedrosian and Gary Jarrell for the seat.

He challenged the other candidates to run a clean campaign.

Bedrosian tells WDBJ7, he's been focusing on his own campaign.

While Jarrett says he runs his campaign like he runs his life and business: clean.