I received an email from Lynn Dillard-Doss, County Attorney of Fannin County, with a press release from her citing that employment claims made by state Kelly Stewart, who is facing Brad Raffensperger in a February 3rd run-off to fill the vacancy in House District 50 left by Lynn Riley after she was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to be his new revenue commissioner, are not true.
In the email, Doss stated that she was county attorney at the time and that Kelly Stewart, neé Mull, was a secretary (administrative assistant) for the Fannin County Board of Commissioners and not a county administrator as she claims in an interview by County Line magazine and on her Johns Creek City Council biography (links provided by Ms. Dillard-Doss in the press release).
According to the press release, a “pattern of deceit” was a major factor that lead to Stewart’s termination in 1999 according to Mrs. Yvonne McNelley who served as a Fannin County Commissioner at that time. Commissioner McNelley went further to say in the presser:
“We ended Stewart’s employment because of this issue as well as the fact that she had a pattern of abusing taxpayer dollars, including using taxpayer funds to make purchases that were clearly personal in nature,” said Commissioner McNelley.
“We investigated Kelly Stewart’s abuse of taxpayer dollars and found that she had made multiple unauthorized expenditures for personal items included self-help videos, unauthorized expensive meals, and gift purchases,” said Commissioner McNelley.
The actions of Stewart ultimately lead to the recall and eventual removal of then-Commission Chairman Cline Bowers according to McNelley.
The voters will elect the person who will best represent them, but Fannin County, through their county attorney, issued the press release to rebuke Ms. Stewart’s claims of her position within the Fannin County government.
We received a response from Ms. Stewart’s campaign rebutting the rebut from Fannin County Attorney Lynn Dillard-Doss regarding her employment with Fannin County:
This may top them all.
You never know what your opponent will say in a campaign, but today’s allegations from the Raffensperger campaign were so outlandish they actually made me laugh out loud when I read them.
Their newest line: Kelly Stewart embellished her resume and never served as a county administrator.
Considering the massive amount of documents to the contrary, you have to be pretty bold — or pretty desperate — to make such a claim.
Maybe he thought no one would question him?
That said, claims like this, if unanswered, tend to fester and I thought it best to make sure you heard from me first.
I’d love for you to watch this short video message from me by clicking here.
In it, I address my role as a County Administrator. Documented in newspaper headlines, dozens of county documents and even an old Georgia City-County Management Association Membership Directory that I found.
It is clear my opponent is chasing unicorns, hoping for a fairy tale ending to his nightmarish personal, professional, and political problems.
Regardless all of the reams of documents that clearly discredit this baseless nonsense, you have even more convincing evidence I am telling the truth.
Unlike my opponent, when I say something, I mean it.
Unfortunately for Johns Creek, the only person not being honest in this race is Brad Raffensperger.
To date, he has yet to produce any documents that prove he has paid his 30 plus legal judgments, lawsuits, and tax liens.
You have my word that I will continue being honest with you by giving you the straight talk.
Please call me on my cell phone with any questions [cell number redacted]
I’ll note that I mentioned earlier in the post that the email I received was directly from the county attorney’s email address and not through Mr. Raffensperger’s campaign. However, here are both sides for those who live in House District 50 as well as outside observers.