September 30, 2011
Former Charlottesville City Council candidate James Halfaday surfaced Friday.
Halfaday, a Democrat who formerly seemed to relish the spotlight, has been out of the limelight for weeks as questions mounted about his campaign finances, his job and even his address.
He attended a court hearing Friday morning in Charlottesville. The case concerned a protective order Halfaday sought against Nina Gregory, a volunteer for a political rival who he claimed was stalking him. It was his first public appearance since an investigation into possible election fraud was launched due to potentially shady campaign finances.
Earlier this month, it seemed Halfaday had gone into hiding. He didn't live at the address he listed on campaign documents and residents of the apartment building don't remember him ever living there.
Halfaday's claim that he co-owns Snap Fitness in the Seminole Square Shopping Center is also being challenged by the actual owners.
The Charlottesville Board of Elections and the Commonwealth's Attorney are also curious about 21 separate campaign donations of $499 dollars, amounting to more than $10,400, of which records show he has only spent slightly more than $900.
The former Democratic candidate told CBS19 after the court hearing that he wasn't in hiding, that he's living in Charlottesville and he said the truth about his campaign and the "stalking case" will come out soon.
Halfaday finished seventh out of seven candidates in the City Council Democratic primary. He says he will be back in court on Nov. 7 when the case goes to trial.