From a media release: Secretary of State Brian Kemp issued his final decision in candidate challenges for five contests on the upcoming May 24 General Primary and Nonpartisan Election ballot, including the case of Jeremy Salter, a candidate for district attorney in Floyd County. Salter was the only candidate cleared to run; the other four from outside our area were removed from ballots.
On April 18, Judge Stephanie Howells of the Office of State Administrative Hearings entered an initial decision that William Jeremy Salter is qualified to seek election for District Attorney in the Rome Judicial Circuit. Today, Secretary Kemp formally adopted the Judge’s findings of fact and conclusions of law and deemed Mr. Salter qualified to run as a candidate for District Attorney in the Rome Judicial Circuit.
James Orr of Rome had challenged Salter’s candidacy, citing the oath candidates sign about several items including back taxes. Salter has since paid delinquent property and inventory taxes.
Salter will face Republican incumbent Leigh Patterson in the Nov. 8 general election.
More on the Kemp rulings today: “To initiate a candidate challenge, an elector residing within a district must submit a complaint to the Secretary of State’s office alleging grounds for the disqualification of a candidate. The Secretary of State may also initiate a challenge upon his or her own motion. When an elector’s challenge is received by the office, a hearing is requested at the Office of State Administrative Hearings where the challenged candidate may present evidence establishing his or her qualifications for the office. An OSAH judge reports his or her findings on the evidence to the Secretary of State who then determines whether a candidate is qualified or not qualified to remain on the ballot. Four candidates have been disqualified from running for office in the Georgia General Assembly. District Attorney candidate, William Jeremy Salter, has been deemed qualified to run for office in the Rome Judicial Circuit in May.”