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Challenge to Selma election dismissed

A circuit judge has dismissed a challenge to the August municipal primaries in Selma after all parties agreed.

Judge Jack Meigs dismissed the case Wednesday morning when representatives of the parties said they agreed to drop the case.

Carolyn Calhoun-Bates, a candidate for Ward 4 lost in that election and filed the contest. She said she agreed to have the case dismissed.

“I learned that religious leaders was involved with this ill-faith mayoral campaign that violated the 30-feet polling zone, which prompted discussion for resolution and resolving this case in Judge Meigs’ courtroom,” she said. “Whereas, these people should be held accountable for their disrespect of the law, ignorance and desperation that denied a fair campaign in Ward 4, perhaps they were, when Mayor James Perks Jr. lost his bid for re-election.”

City attorney Jimmy Nunn and attorney Collins Pettaway appeared in court on behalf of their clients named in the challenge. Both attorneys challenged Bates’ complaint as procedurally wrong.

More in Thursday’s edition of The Selma Times-Journal.