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Accused rapist runs for re-election

August 6, 2002

A Crisp County Commissioner awaiting trial for rape is running for re-election.

Arthur James Nance was suspended by the governor in April after his arrest on rape and false imprisonment charges.

Nance says his biggest battle isn't convincing voters of his innocence, but explaining to them that he's still eligible for office. "Everybody's asking question, if elected can he serve? The answer is yes, it will be resolved by January 1st."

Nance is running on the platform of creating more jobs. He says the woman who filed charges has made statements that will exhonerate him when he gets his day in court.

After Nance's suspension, Willie Patrick was appointed to the seat. He's hoping to keep it. "I'm going to deal with my constituents' needs first, then the wants," said Patrick. "The people I serve set my agenda."

The third candidate for the district one, post two seat in Crisp County is Annie Ruth Rogers. will again have real time election results on Tuesday, August 20.