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Alabama: judge throws out election contest action over Greene County sheriff nomination

The Tuscaloosa News reports: Greene County Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit brought by a Greene County Democratic Executive Committee member and declared Sheriff Johnny Isaac the rightful Democratic nominee for sheriff.

The judge’s ruling clears the way for ballots to be printed with Isaac as the nominee for sheriff. Thursday is the deadline for county election managers to have ballots ready. In Greene County, Probate Judge Earlean Isaac, Johnny Isaac’s wife, is the election manager.

The suit brought by Lester Brown contended that the Alabama Democratic Party had overstepped its bounds when the Democratic Executive Committee disqualified apparent nominee Ison Thomas and named Isaac the nominee. Thomas had defeated Isaac by 300 votes in the June 6 primary. The state threw out his election because he failed to comply with the Fair Campaign Practices Act.

Brown’s lawsuit contended that it was up to the Greene County Democratic Executive Committee to choose a nominee and that he had been denied that right. -- Judge rules that Isaac is Greene sheriff nominee - Tuscaloosa

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