AG: Melton OK to stay on mayoral Dem ballot

Jackson mayoral candidate Frank Melton’s homestead exemption dilemma can’t keep him out of the May 3 Democratic primary, according to a state attorney general’s opinion issued Wednesday.

“We are of the opinion that a municipal party executive committee may not hear or act on a petition challenging a candidate’s qualifications that is filed after the statutory deadline of 10 days after the qualifying deadline,” Phil Carter, special assistant attorney general, wrote.

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“If the candidate were to win the party’s nomination, any information bearing on his qualifications may be presented to the municipal election commission which … must determine whether each party nominee meets all the qualifications to hold the office he is seeking,” Carter wrote. “If a party nominee is disqualified, the municipal party executive committee could nominate a substitute nominee.”

Clarion Ledger
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