GILMER -- A candidate for Upshur County Precinct 4 constable in the May 29 Republican primary was arrested on a class A misdemeanor charge of family violence/assault on family member Monday, said Gilmer police.
Gary Wayne Henson, Jr., 34, of Gilmer, who goes by his middle name, was released from Upshur County Jail at 9:45 p.m. Monday on a $3,000 personal recognizance bond set by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Rhonda Welch, authorities said.
City police arrested Henson about 4:30 p.m. Monday, said a police spokesman, who said authorities are not releasing further details because the case is still under investigation.
Henson is among three candidates for constable in the May 29 primary. The others are incumbent Phillip M. Hill, who is seeking reelection to a second term, and Dewayne LaGrone.
Henson was temporarily declared ineligible to enter the Republican primary several months ago for making what he termed an honest mistake on his application to run. He listed his address as 1419 N. Wood, which is the address of an auto dealership owned by his father, and which is not in Precinct 4.
Henson said his entire family got its mail at that address.
County Republican Chairman Ken Ambrose, who had accepted the application, said Henson made an "honest mistake," but nonetheless declared him ineligible.
The action came after Hill consulted Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd about the address which Henson listed on his application.
Henson subsequently refiled to run for the office.