Flem­ing's can­di­dacy chal­lenged

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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


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