SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - 26-year-old Matt Medders is set to be the next Board of Commission Chairman even though a local ordinance states he is to young. "The Democratic qualifying agent was not aware of this local ordinance," said Election Superintendent, Sheryl Hall.
The law is from 1904 and states that a candidate running for the board of commissioners must be at least 27-years-of-age and that they must live in Worth County for at least five years immediately prior to the election.
"Mr. Medders is 26-years-old, and he will be 27 in February," said Hall. Under Georgia Law, the Election Superintendent had up to two weeks to challenge Medders win.
"The Secretary of State told me that the time has passed for me to challenge the qualification of the candidate."The only thing that can be done is if someone, a voter, files a challenge through the Superior Court," said Hall.
That still hasn't happened. The only other local race with an age limit is the sheriff. "The sheriff has to be 25-years-of-age or older," said Hall.
Despite the unusual circumstances, Matt Medders is scheduled to be sworn in as the new Worth County Commission Chairman early next year.