Monday, August 29, 2005
Judge Orders Board Of Elections To Place 2 Candidates Names On Municipal Ballot - On Monday, a judge ordered the names of two candidates that filed for elected office in Selma be placed on the ballots this fall. Following a hearing that lasted less than an hour, Superior Court Judge Knox Jenkins ordered the Johnston County Board of Elections to place the names of Charles Hester and Tommy Holmes on the November 8 ballot. Hester filed for Selma mayor and Holmes for Selma town council just minutes before the noontime filing deadline on August 5. However, a Selma town employee did not deliver the names of the candidates to the Board of Elections office until 4pm, four hours after the filing deadline had closed. Elections officials rejected the candidate’s applications, however, the Town of Selma immediately filed a lawsuit and Judge Jenkins ruled in their favor.