NEWTON, Ga. — A challenge to a superior court judge’s ruling calling for a special runoff election in the 2012 Baker County sheriff’s race will be argued in front of the Georgia Supreme Court on March 4.
Sheriff Dana Meade and candidate Tim Williamson are locked in a legal struggle over the results of a runoff election last years in the sheriff’s race. Meade won that Aug. 21 runoff by 39 votes.
Meade is appealing a decision that was issued by Dougherty Superior County Senior Judge Loring Gray following a hearing in Baker County in early October on allegations of vote-buying and voting irregularities.
Until the case is heard, Meade remains sheriff despite the fact that his elected term expired Dec. 31.
Gray originally ruled that there was enough evidence presented to throw the results into question and ordered a special runoff election between Meade and Williamson for Jan. 8. Because of the appeal to the state Supreme Court, that runoff has been postponed until a decision is rendered by the justices.
According to the Supreme Court of Georgia website, the court received a motion for an expedited appeal in December.