Fleming's candidacy challenged
Achallenge to RepublicanTimFleming’s candidacy for District 5 Board of Commissioners has been filed with the Board of Elections by Jerry Childers, first vice chair of the Newton County Democratic Party.
A special called meeting to discuss the challenge has been set for 9 a.m. Thursday at the Board of Elections office, according to Donna Morrison, elections superintendent for Newton County.
Hugh Steele, chairman of the Board of Elections, said the meeting will be to decide if the challenge brought forward is a valid one, and if it is to then set a hearing date on the matter.
In his challenge, Childers questions Fleming’s residency in District 5 based on a homestead exemption he has claimed for a home on Mandy Lane, which is in District 4.
In an earlier interview, Fleming said he moved from the Mandy Lane home to a home on Floyd Street, which is in District 5, in March.
According to the Newton County Tax Assessor’s office, Fleming does have a current homestead exemption for the Mandy Lane home.
“Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel has repeatedly confirmed the Georgia Supreme Court’s position that the residence for which someone takes a homestead exemption is their residence for purposes of qualifying for elections,” Childers wrote in his