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11 September 2008

Handel vs. Powell Continues On To The Highest Court In Georgia

Back in July, Secretary of State Karen Handel kicked off what is now a nearly two month battle with Democratic Public Service Commission (PSC) candidate Jim Powell when she threw him off the ballot for failing to meet the PSC residency requirements.

Georgia law mandates that PSC candidates live in the district they seek to represent for 12 months prior to the election. Secretary Handel maintains that Jim Powell has not lived in the 4th PSC district for one year. Powell, on the hand, says he does and so far, the courts have sided with him.

That could all change though if the Georgia state Supreme Court rules in favor of Secretary Handel and has Jim Powell removed from the November ballot.

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear Secretary of State Karen Handel's appeal in a legal tussle over whether state Public Service Commission candidate Jim Powell lives in the district he seeks to represent.

Handel is appealing a Fulton County Superior Court judge's ruling reversing her decision to remove Powell from the ballot in the race for the 4th District seat on the PSC. The district spans about 20 counties in North Georgia.
[Source: Athens Banner Herald, "PSC case heads to high court", September 11, 2008]