Appalachian Tire still refused.
Around June 12, 2009, the indictment states, Baisden left a voicemail message for the store's manager threatening that commissioners would stop purchasing tires from the company if it didn't sell him the tires at the discounted price.
The company didn't respond to the alleged threat, according to the indictment.
In turn, the commissioner terminated Appalachian Tire's business relationship with the commission and switched to a different tire supplier, according to the indictment.
Goodyear has a contract with the state. Appalachian Tire is a local distributor of Goodyear.
Discounts for tires for government vehicles can range from 45 percent to 52 percent, based on the tire's size and other factors, according to Jeri Whitehead, director of purchasing for the Kanawha County Commission.
Before he was elected commissioner in 2009, Baisden was the assessor in Mingo County.
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