City Councilman Candidate Qualifications Challenged

Temple Ga -- The qualifications of a candidate for Temple City Council will be reconsidered during a hearing on September 26th in the Temple Municipal Courtroom.

The hearing follows receipt of a letter from a Temple resident who claimed that due to a felony on the record of Avanti Demario Helton, a Ward One seat candidate, Helton should not be allowed to seek office.

Temple resident Cecil Atkins filed the challenge last week, citing the state constitution which forbids anyone “convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude” from holding elected office “unless that person’s civil rights have been restored and at least ten years have elapsed from the date of the completion of the sentence.” 

Helton was charged for a felony crime in 2005, however, there are no documents to suggest his civil rights have been restored through the board of pardons.
City clerk Kristen Etheridge tells WLBB radio that Helton will have the opportunity to defend against the challenge during that hearing later this month.

The ballot for the Ward One race currently contains only two names, Helton and former City Councilwoman Terron Bivens.
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