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Temple Resident Challenges City Council Candidate's Qualifications

A Temple city resident has filed official paperwork with the city clerk of Temple to challenge the qualifications of one of the two candidates for city council ward-one.
 
Former Ward 1 Councilwoman Terron Bivins and real estate investor Avanti Damario Helton qualified to have the honor of replacing single-term council woman Penny Ransom beginning in 2018, after Ransom opted not to seek re-election.
 
However, earlier this week, Temple resident Cecil Atkins requested that Helton be disqualified from the race.
 
In an official letter dated September 6th, Atkins asserts that Helton is a convicted felon "and has a pattern to show his conduct which is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals other wise known as moral turpitude."

Atkins cites GA State Law which states that any person convicted or sentenced for any felony involving moral turpitude under the laws of this state, unless pardoned, is ineligible to hold any civic office.
 
Atkins has provided documents that show Helton pled guilty to a felony in Douglas County in May of 2005.
 
A simple online search for Helton reveals numerous other arrests in other counties since that time.
 
Temple City Clerk Kristin Etheredge acknowledged receiving the complaint this week. She said the city attorney will send a formal letter to the candidate making him aware of the complaint. The candidate will have the opportunity to challenge the request for dis-qualification within the next couple of weeks.
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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Douglas County