Al Tillman Faces Residency Complaint in District 9 Race

6:34 AM, Aug 9, 2013   |    comments
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Macon Councilman Henry Gibson filed a complaint with the Bibb County Board of Elections challenging Al Tillman's candidacy in the District 9 Commissioner's race for the new Macon-Bibb consolidated government.

The complaint alleges that Tillman is actually a resident of District 8, which he says violates the rules for a candidate's residence.

The letter says Tillman declared a homestead exemption for a house on Robin Hood Road where his family lives.  Tillman says in June, he got an apartment just across the street on Bloomfield Road.  Although it's only a block away, it crosses into the 9th District.

Tillman says he moved there before the Justice Department finalized the new lines, and said he was moving there anyway. Gibson says Tillman only moved there in order to run against City Councilman James Timley.

Gibson, who also lives in the 9th District, stayed out of the race to endorse his friend Timley.

Tillman says the Justice Department's ruling allowed candidates to establish residence a day before qualifying.

The complaint has been handed over to Bibb County Attorney Virgil Adams, who will decide whether the complaint has any merit.

Tillman and Timley are the only two candidates in District 9.  The election will take place on September 17th.

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