By Wesley Martin
“I want to make sure that the citizens of District 3 are no longer subjected to the same type of representation in a political system that we’ve had that’s probably plagued with a certain amount of political corruption – certainly an amount of exploitation,” said Hugh King, candidate for Escambia County Commission District 3, on Monday at a press conference.
“We want to give citizens good representation,” continued King, who served as a Pensacola City councilmember from 1999 to 2004. “We want to make sure that the tax dollars that come out of District 3 goes back into District 3. We want to work very hard to develop small businesses in District 3 – that’s the key for more employment.”
At Monday’s press conference, held at the Belmont DeVilliers Historical Cultural Museum, King also addressed recent allegations that he assaulted his opponent for November’s election, Lumon May.
According to reports, King allegedly struck May on his upper back and neck at a March 29 event held at Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church. According to police reports, May also reported that King showcased a silver firearm in an attempt to intimidate him at the event.
Subsequently, King was charged with misdemeanor battery and was later released from Escambia County Jail on his own recognizance.
“I have sympathy for the May family in that they have been subjected to the type of behavior from Mr. Lumon May that is indicative of, probably, poor character, limited professionalism [and] immaturity,” said King, who is also pastor of New Tabernacle.
King seemed bewildered Monday as he explained possible causes for May’s allegations.
“Certainly nothing, to the extent, happened that Mr. May purported,” King continued. “I don’t think anyone [who is] responsible could be so ridiculous as to bring a gun into a church … and I know I certainly did not do that.”
King also said he found it ludicrous for an individual to be in a possession of a firearm in a church when the purpose of the gathering was to discuss the seriousness of firearm usage.
“It is even more alarming that certain individuals would negate the reality of our [justice] system that asks that we tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth,” King said, referring to May’s allegations.
At press time, Lumon May could not be reached to comment on this story.