ALBANY ALBANY, Ga. — The Dougherty County Board of Elections will hold a called emergency meeting today to decide whether Cheryl Calhoun, a candidate for Ward II city commissioner, should be disqualified based on information received that questions her residency in the ward.
Calhoun is one of three candidates running to fill the seat on the City Commission that became vacant when Dorothy Hubbard qualified to run for mayor and had to resign as commissioner. On Tuesday, the Dougherty County Board of Elections called the meeting to discuss a complaint lodged by Kevin Hogencamp, who is selling his weekly newspaper. He contends that Calhoun, who said she lives on the 1500 block of Georgia Avenue, lives in Ward I.
“There was an opening for me to qualify against Jon Howard,” Calhoun said Tuesday night. “They asked for my address and they told that was in Ward II.” When she qualified, she said, the elections official “assured us we were in Ward II.” Her husband, who was with her when she qualified, asked the official several times whether they resided in Ward I, she said, and each time they were assured they lived in Ward II.
“I’m not angry as long as they do the right thing,” Calhoun said.
Ginger Nickerson, the supervisor of elections, said that officials from the city’s planning department were working to verify the ward boundaries and the address for Calhoun Tuesday afternoon.
“The GIS (electronic mapping system) in planning has no one living on the 1500 block of Georgian Avenue,” Nickerson said. “We’re investigating it to make sure so someone from planning is going to ride out there and verify the address. “The street itself is split. ... Part of the street is Ward I and part is in Ward II.”
Calhoun is running against Ivey Hines and Melissa Strother for the seat.