Cobb County Sheriff Candidate Qualifications Challenged
The Cobb County Board of Elections & Registration met on March 26 to hear three candidate qualification challenges brought by James Herndon. The first challenge to the candidacy of Republican incumbent Sheriff Neil Warren was withdrawn after evidence showed that the original qualifying documents were properly notarized. The second challenge to the candidacy of Democrat Gregory Gilstrap was sustained. The Board voted unanimously to disqualify Mr. Gilstrap because the person he named as chief deputy did not meet the qualifications for Sheriff (as required by Ga. L. 2002, p. 4796). Mr. Herndon’s third challenge to the candidacy of Democrat Craig Owens was also sustained. The Board voted unanimously to disqualify Mr. Owens because he failed to file an affidavit with the election superintendent by the close of business on the third day after the qualifying period (as required in O.C.G.A. §15-16-1 (c)(3)). The disqualified candidates have the right to appeal the decision of the superintendent by filing a petition in the Cobb County Superior Court within ten days.