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City election case dismissed

A former candidate for Selma City Council Ward 4 has agreed to dismiss her challenge to the August city primary.

Carolyn Bates agreed to the dismissal Wednesday morning during a brief hearing before Circuit Judge Jack Meigs. Attorneys Collins Pettaway and Jimmy Nunn had filed legal pleadings to have the challenge dismissed because of procedural errors.

“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,” Bates said shortly after the hearing.

Bates filed the challenge in September against Concordia College, the Dallas County Board of Registrars and the city, Mayor James Perkins Jr. and the Perkins Campaign Committee, among others. She alleged misconduct and fraud or corruption to prevent a fair election.

Bates came in fourth in a field of five in the August primary.