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Court Says Tillman Will Remain on District 9 Ballot

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Updated: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:38:47 EST

Bibb Superior Court ruled Tuesday that Al Tillman should remain on the ballot for District 9 Commission.

Superior Judge Steve Boswell turned back a challenge to Tillman's residency by current Macon City Council member Henry Gibson.

Tillman had admitted moving from the home he shared with his wife and children to a bachelor apartment a few doors away so he could be within the newly drawn District 9. The court ruled he was within the law when he made the move prior to qualifying for the election.

Gibson, an ally of James Timley, Tillman's opponent for District 9, first complained to the Bibb County Board of Elections that Tillman violated the residency requirement. The Board turned him down and sided with Tillman.

Gibson appealed to the court, but now the court also said Tillman was within the law and would be on the Sept. 17 ballot.

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