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Alabama: Democrats disqualify sheriff candidate for campaign disclosure violations

The Tuscaloosa News reports:
A state Democratic subcommittee has overturned the Greene County Sheriff's race, declaring incumbent Johnny Isaac the Democratic nominee with no opposition in November.

Isaac fell to former Deputy Isom Thomas in the June 6 primary, 2,138-1,895. Isaac contested the election before the Greene County Democratic Executive Commission, which upheld Thomas' election.

However, the state subcommittee ruled unanimously that Thomas hadnít properly filed his campaign finance forms.

ďItís mandatory," said Walter Braswell, Isaacís attorney. ďState law says that compliance with the fair campaign practices act is a qualification just like age or residency. If you fail to do that, you canít be certified by the party."

Thomas listed only his filing fee as expenses and only $275 in unspecified contributions. Braswell presented Thomasí campaign signs and other items, which he said were obviously expenses. These expenses werenít listed on Thomasí campaign finance form. -- Isaac is Greene sheriff nominee - Tuscaloosa

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