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17 May 2010

Democrat State House Candidate May Be Thrown Off Ballot Due To Residency Issues

Two years ago, the Republican nominee in state House district 18 faced no opposition from Democrats in the November General Election. It now appears that the Republican nominee may again be unopposed this November if a residency challenge against the Democratic candidate is successful.

The Carrollton Times-Georgian reported Saturday that Democrat Herbert Giles had his candidacy challenged by current state Rep. Mark Butler. Butler is not seeking re-election this fall, instead choosing to run for state Labor Commissioner.

Early Friday, the Georgia Secretary of State’s office received a formal challenge to Giles’ candidacy from Butler, according to Matt Carrothers, a spokesman for Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

It reads: “J. Mark Butler has challenged the qualifications of Herbert F. Giles, a candidate for State House of Representatives District 18 ... Mr. Butler challenges Mr. Giles’ qualifications, asserting that he resides outside the district.”

While Giles qualified two weeks ago through the Georgia Democratic Party, the address he listed on the qualifying form, 668 Old Antioch Road in Carrollton, isn’t actually located in District 18, according to Carroll County Elections Supervisor Patti Brown-Traylor. Rather, she said, his address is located in District 69. Republican incumbent Randy Nix is running unopposed for the District 69 seat.

Boan, John P (2010-5-15). Democrat’s candidacy questioned. Carrollton Times-Georgian. Retrieved on 2010-5-17.

Below is a screenshot of Giles' record in the voter file:

The information pictured above confirms that Herbert Giles does not live in the 18th state House district, leaving Democrats without a candidate for the seat.

If the Giles challenge is successful (and it's safe to assume that it will be), this will mark the second time this election cycle that a Democratic candidate has had to end their campaign due to residency issues.

Earlier this month, Democrat Leon Garvin was forced to withdraw from the district 23 state Senate race after it was revealed that he did not live in the district.