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Failure to preclear = good news for one candidate

Henry County [Georgia] Commissioner Gary Freedman can keep his post while running for the chairman's seat, the county elections board ruled Wednesday.

Hampton resident Sharon Sagon, a vocal critic of Freedman, filed a complaint, citing a 1987 Legislature act aimed at preventing Henry commissioners from simultaneously campaigning for another position. Chairman candidate Jason Harper cited the law when he resigned his county commission seat on April 30, the last day of qualifying.

"Mr. Freedman should have resigned before he qualified [to run for chairman]," said Sagon's attorney, W. Donald Patten Jr.

Freedman's attorney, Joe M. Harris, said the 1987 law was never approved by the U.S. Justice Department, which is required under the Voting Rights Act. -- Election board: Freedman can run without resigning (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)