Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Board Rejects Election Challenges; Thompson, Harvey Remain in Their Races, but Challenge of Brown Still Undecided

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Board Rejects Election Challenges; Thompson, Harvey Remain in Their Races, but Challenge of Brown Still Undecided

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Byline: TERRY DICKSON

BRUNSWICK -- Mayoral candidate Bryan Thompson and City Commissioner Cornell Harvey are still in their respective races after the Glynn County Board of Elections rejected challenges Monday filed by other candidates.

Another challenge, one questioning mayoral candidate Elaine Brown's residency, remains undecided after the board conducted a 3 1/2-hour hearing on the matter Monday. Brunswick residents Howard Buie and Alice Norman asserted that Brown was not living in Brunswick when she registered to vote Nov. 5, 2004. The board may vote on Brown's candidacy Thursday or Friday.

In leaving Thompson on the ballot, the five-member board also adopted a provision saying it was not ruling on write-in candidate Betsy Bean's argument that Thompson's job as president of Blueprint Brunswick would present a conflict of interest with the mayor's office. Bean also asserted the two offices are incompatible.

Reading from an opinion, board member Jack Conyers said there is a possibility a conflict could exist should Thompson win but that it could be resolved by Thompson's recusal or disqualification from votes.

After the vote, Bean still argued that case law says he cannot serve both positions.

Thompson said he had been confident he would remain on the ballot and "lost no sleep over this."

As for Harvey, the board said there was insufficient evidence that he altered any nominating petitions as asserted by Gladys Martin-Lyde, who is opposing Harvey's bid for re-election.

Those votes came quickly, but the hearing on the challenge to Brown was contentious. Brown, a former national head of the Black Panthers who first came to Brunswick for last year's G-8 Summit, represented herself.

Jay Dow, a lawyer representing, Buie and Norman, tried to show that the house Brown listed as her address when she registered to vote in Glynn County was not liveable.

The owner of the house, Martin-Lyde's husband, the Rev. Zack Lyde, agreed the house was in bad shape in November 2004. But Lyde asserted that Brown moved to Brunswick with the intention of running for mayor.

"What she registered to was the fact she was a citizen of Brunswick," Lyde said. …

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