N.C. can­di­date for Congress faces charge of stalk­ing wife

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Local - BY BRIAN MUR­PHY bmur­[email protected]­clatchydc.com Brian Mur­phy: 202.383.6089; Twit­ter: @Mur­phinDC

A U.S. House can­di­date was ar­rested and charged with stalk­ing his wife, ac­cord­ing to po­lice records.

Japheth “Jeff” Matemu, the Lib­er­tar­ian Party can­di­date in the 2nd Con­gres­sional Dis­trict, was charged with­mis­de­meanor stalk­ing and cy­ber­stalk­ing on June 26 af­ter an in­ci­dent that oc­curred at his wife’s home in Holly Springs on June 17. He was ar­rested on July 18. Matemu and his wife were­mar­ried in 2005 and have one mi­nor child. They do not live to­gether now and have been in a cus­tody bat­tle. His wife filed for a pro­tec­tive or­der against Matemu in­May, but it was de­nied, ac­cord­ing to Wake County court doc­u­ments.

Re­pub­li­can Rep. Ge­orge Hold­ing cur­rently rep­re­sents the 2nd Dis­trict, which in­cludes all or parts of Wake, Franklin, Har­nett, John­ston, Nash and Wil­son coun­ties. Demo­cratic challenger Linda Cole­man is also run­ning in the Novem­ber elec­tion.

Matemu, 45, is an im­mi­gra­tion at­tor­ney with of­fices in North Carolina and New York, ac­cord­ing to his web­site. Matemu is au­tho­rized only to prac­tice im­mi­gra­tion law in North Carolina. Matemu, is orig­i­nally from Kenya, is amem­ber of the Supreme Court bar, ac­cord­ing to his web­site and sev­eral news ac­counts.

In Fe­bru­ary of 2017, he was rep­ri­manded by the North Carolina State Bar. Matemu re­quested a re­strain­ing or­der against the State Bar in March to stop it “from pub­lish­ing in any form a rep­ri­mand,” but with­drew his re­quest days later.

Matemu, who lives in Fuquay-Va­rina, has raised more than $8,800 for his cam­paign, though­much of that is in the form of a $4,700 loan from him­self to the cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to cam­paign finance re­ports. His cam­paign has spent more than $7,500.

WRAL pre­vi­ously re­ported Matemu’s ar­rest.

Mes­sages left with Matemu, the Lib­er­tar­ian Party of Wake County and the state Lib­er­tar­ian Party were not re­turned.

Japheth Matemu

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