Elections Board Votes to Keep Al Tillman on District 9 Ballot

7:07 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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The Bibb County Board of Elections voted 4-0 to turn back a complaint questioning Al Tillman as a candidate for District 9 on the new Macon-Bibb Commission.

Macon City Councilman Henry Gibson filed a complaint arguing that Tillman was actually a resident of District 8.

In June, Tillman moved from his home on Robin Hood Road to an apartment just a few hundred yards away on Bloomfield Road across the district line.

Gibson argued that Tillman had only moved into there to avoid a crowded field of candidates in District 8 and run against City Council President James Timley in District 9.

Gibson said Tillman had claimed a Homestead Exemption on his Robin Hood Road home, and questioned why he would move out of the home where his wife and family live.

Tillman argued that he had established his new residency before the Justice Department approved the finalized map, and said that the consolidation charter allowed candidates to move into a district a day before qualifying.

Tillman and Timley will face off in the election on September 17th.

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