Thursday, October 1, 2009

Incumbent Eastman CityCouncilman qualifications are Questioned.

The Dodge County News:
In a letter dated September 15, 2009, candidate for Eastman City Council District 5 Marlas Williamson has challenged the qualifications of incumbent District 5 councilman David Rawlins to run for the position in the upcoming election in November.

The letter was addressed to City of Eastman Superintendent of Elections, Bea Edge.
In the letter, and a supplemental letter sent on September 24, 2009, Williamson cites several reasons that Rawlins is not qualified to run for the city council seat. In the letters, she also asked repeatedly for Rawlins to be deemed ineligible to run for election.
Reasons Williamson cites for Rawlins not being qualified to run include Rawlins having an outstanding insurance premium of $6,111.00 that the city has been trying to collect for more than a year, Rawlins being habitually late with his utility payments to the city and not having his service cut off, conducting three businesses in the city under the umbrella of one occupational tax, being delinquent on his county taxes and other indiscretions.
According to Eastman City Manager and Superintendent of Elections, Bea Edge, a hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at the Eastman City Hall where both candidates will be given the opportunity to tell their side of the issue.
After the hearing, Edge will then make a decision as to whether Rawlins is qualified to run for the position or not.
In either case, if either side is not happy with the ruling, they then have 10 days to take the case to superior court.

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