Local wrestler Paul Lee is running for Ringgold mayor after long-time mayor Joe Barger decided against running for re-election. However, four people, including the current mayor, have raised concern over the residency of Mr. Lee. Vice Mayor Nick Millwood apparently discovered that Lee resides in Catoosa County, but outside of the city limits of Ringgold. From Northwest Georgia News:
After a little digging, current vice mayor Nick Millwood, Barger, and other mayoral candidates Tony Hullender and Jerry Payne, are claiming Lee doesn’t meet the qualifications to run for the office because he resides in Catoosa County, but not inside the Ringgold city limits.
Formal challenges have been submitted to the Ringgold elections superintendent and a hearing will be held today to determine Lee’s eligibility. He does explain his residency situation in the same article:
“I have two residences — one in the city and one in the county,” Lee said. “My city residence I have owned for several years, but have been letting my mother-in-law live in it. But for the last year and a half, my family and I have made it our primary residence while my county home is being updated. …. We’re getting it ready to sell in the spring.”
Literal cage match? Probably not, but certainly a political cage match in a small town here in northwest Georgia.