CALHOUN CO., GA (WALB) - A South Georgia Pastor who wanted to run for sheriff in Calhoun County has been disqualified.
Kenneth Zachary was disqualified for having crimes of moral turpitude in his past. He was convicted of writing bad checks and pleaded nolo contendre to a theft by conversion charge.
Judge Gary McCorvey issued the ruling this week after a probate judge ruled that Zachary was eligible.
Zachary is a former police officer who pastors three churches in South Georgia. He said he wanted to provide programs for released inmates to help them get back on their feet so they don't return to a life of crime.
"I believe that bringing a new face and some new ideas, some new stand points will really help us out as a whole, as a people," said Kenneth Zachary. "It's not a card race, it's not a black or white thing, it's for the people of this county. All people."
Sheriff Josh Hilton challenged Zachary's qualifications to run for sheriff. Hilton and Jason Wilkins will face off in the May 24th Democrat primary.