Georgia Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Baker County School Board member | Albany Herald

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Georgia Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Baker County School Board member | Albany Herald

In a unanimous decision Monday, the state’s justices determined that the Superior Court judge was correct in dismissing a challenge by Nettie Lilly and Janet Anderson, who wanted Baker County School Board member Sharon Heard removed from office.

The two women, who appealed the local court’s decision to the state high court, contended that Heard did not meet residency requirements when she ran for and won the School Board post in 2012, amending the complaint to argue that Heard did not reside within the district she represented.

Heard, who offered rebuttal that she had been a resident of Baker County since early 2011, had argued that the Superior Court should dismiss the complaint because it had already been brought up by another county resident, Mendell Cowart. In that pre-election complaint, the Baker County Elections Board ruled she was eligible to run. She also moved to dismiss on the ground that the case was moot when Lilly and Anderson filed their complaint after she already was serving on the board.

The Superior Court dismissed the case on the issues and claims.

The Supreme Court found that the Elections Board acted as a court of competent jurisdiction in the case and that the appellants’ claim was the same claim Cowart had made, which was based on voter registration records that showed Heard was registered to vote in Thomas County June 2007-April 30, 2012. Cowart did not appeal the Elections Board decision.

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