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Election board plans hearing to investigate eligibility


By Alex Welch
Assistant Editor 

  The mayoral race in Hampton could take an unexpected turn depending the outcome of a public hearing this Friday. The Henry County Board of Elections and Registration is investigating one citizen’s claim of Mayor Chris Moore having unpaid taxes.

  A Georgia Department of Revenue file from 2009 was sent to the board, showing a total of $1,793.46 in back taxes. The notice was sent to Moore’s former address in Locust Grove.

  The board will hold a public hearing at 10 a.m. on Oct. 4 to address the claim with Moore. Director Janet Shellnutt said the issue regards Moore’s declaration of candidacy and affidavit signed when qualifying for municipal office. The hearing will determine if Moore is eligible to run for office in the November election.

  Shellnutt said it is standard for the board to investigate these claims publicly.

  “The board would rather have a hearing so it’s not like they’re sweeping something under the rug,” said Shellnutt. “This is something that took him by surprise.”

  According to Moore, the situation is a misunderstanding.

“I have no problem going to this hearing and answering any questions people might want to ask. There’s been nothing done wrong, but I’d be happy to answer any questions about something that’s just a big misunderstanding,” said Moore.

 Shellnutt said the board is not entertaining a discussion about Moore’s current term in Hampton. She expects a decision on his eligibility to be reached by the end of Friday’s hearing.



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