Judge's Ruling Keeps Tillman in Bibb Race | News
A judge says Al Tillman can stay in the race for a new Bibb County commission seat.
The Clayton County judge, Judge Stephen Boswell, upheld a ruling by the Bibb County Board of Elections that Tillman is a legal resident of District 9.
He issued his ruling Tuesday after a Friday hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.
Macon council member Henry Gibson filed an appeal to Bibb County Superior Court regarding the board of elections decision to allow Tillman to run for the commissioner seat.
Tillman rented an apartment in District 9 across the street from his home in District 8. The board of election voted, 4-0, last month to let Tillman run in District 9.
Boswell heard the case to avoid any political conflict of interest.
In his decision, he wrote that, after hearing arguments and reviewing evidence in the case, "There is no cause for this court to disturb the decision of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections."
He added that he found no errors in the board of election decision and it wasn't his role to re-weigh the evidence.
Boswell also wrote, "Gibson appears to place great weight on the fact that Tillman no longer shares the same residence as his wife and family. This argument has no basis in the law and in fact is contradictory to established statutory and case law."