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Baker County School Board election challenged

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A Baker County School Board election is being challenged.

Bonnie Hudson beat Jimmy Barnett in the democratic primary in July and she was unopposed earlier this month. Last week Barnett filed a lawsuit claiming Hudson ran in the wrong district. Today at a hearing the judge questioned whether he could even hear the case. Barnett filed the lawsuit November 18th, but election results were certified November seventh, making the deadline to file a challenge the 12th.

"She qualified back in July, if they were going to challenge that issue, they should have challenged that issue within five days of the election on July 15th," said Attorney Maurice King Jr.

Hudson's attorney says she's been voting in that same district for the last 27 years. Barnett's attorney will have two weeks to make a case to the judge why the lawsuit should be heard. They claim the Secretary of State certified the results on the 13th and the 18th falls within the five day deadline.

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