CHARLOTTE — District 3 Democratic primary winner LaWana Mayfield is distancing herself from attack ads sent by a new political action committee headed by a prominent gay businessman in Raleigh.

The Charlotte Observer‘s Jim Morrill documents today the connection between the ads and Raleigh businessman Alan King’s new Common Sense Matters. The group spent $14,227 on mailers headlined “Warren Turner’s Baggage.” Turner, the District 3 incumbent, had come under fire last year for allegations of anti-gay and misogynist sexual harassment of female city employees.

King is the president of Workplace Options, the chief sponsor of The LGBT Center of Raleigh’s OutRaleigh Festival in May.

Mayfield has previously distanced herself from the ads. After her victory Tuesday night, Mayfield told qnotes she was dedicated to running a positive campaign.

“We ran a really hard, positive campaign with a lot of door-to-door and meeting the community,” Mayfield said.

Mayfield campaign manager Billy Kluttz also stressed their positive strategy.

“Our concern the whole time was about LaWana,” he said. “We didn’t focus on [Turner]. We didn’t run negative ads or a negative campaign. That’s not what people want. I do know they want a new leader and someone they trust and they trust LaWana.”

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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.