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October 28, 2003

Valdosta - A hearing Wednesday will determine the fate of the Valdosta Mayor's Race.

After Mayor James Rainwater died earlier this month, the City Council sought legal action, since the state law isn't clear about the legality of votes in a nonpartisan municipal election when one of the qualified candidates dies.

So Judge Joe Bishop of the Pataula Circuit will decide if qualifying will be re-opened for other potential candidates, whether a vote for the late Mayor James Rainwater will be legal, and if Rainwater's name should be removed from the ballots.

There are now two candidates in the race, John Fretti and Benny Mitcham.

The hearing starts at 10 at the Lowndes County Courthouse.

posted at 2:15 by ashley.harper@walb.com