On Wednesday, we reported that six candidates had qualified for to replace Barry Loudermilk in a special election for the 14th district State Senate Race to be held on November 5th. It didn’t take long for controversy to arise:
The Cherokee Tribune has this story:
Controversy already has begun in the Nov. 5 special election to replace Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) in the state Senate, with complaints brought forward this week claiming three of the six candidates are not legally qualified to run.
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office is looking into complaints that candidates Dean Sheridan, Christopher G. Nesmith and Matt Laughridge are not eligible to run for the District 14 seat because of concerns raised by residents that the candidates’ qualifications might violate the state’s Constitution, Cody Whitlock, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office, confirmed.
A Canton resident delivered a complaint to the Secretary of State’s office that Sheridan and Nesmith are not eligible to run because they have outstanding tax bills. Georgia law requires all candidates to have paid all tax obligations prior to running for office.
Meanwhile, the Secretary of State’s office is investigating whether Laughridge has lived in the district for the required one year period.
The candidates, meanwhile, say they are eligible to run. Read the entire article for details.