Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Carter Says Ligon Hardly Voted; but Records Don't Bear out State Senate Candidate's Charges

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Carter Says Ligon Hardly Voted; but Records Don't Bear out State Senate Candidate's Charges

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Byline: CAROLE HAWKINS

BRUNSWICK - A recent campaign mailer from state Senate candidate Terry Carter attacks his Republican primary opponent, William Ligon, for not caring about conservative values or even about elections.

The mailer blasts Ligon for two campaign contributions he made to former Democratic governor Roy Barnes and shows a rhinoceros breaking through the page, followed by the statement: "William Ligon didn't even bother to register to vote until 2006."

Speaking by phone Carter said, "I think somebody who really wants to be part of the process and lead with authority should have been involved in this process for a longer time."

Sherena Arrington, Ligon's campaign administrator, said at the request of a friend Ligon did give two $100 donations to Barnes when he ran against Sonny Perdue in 2002.

"Sonny had been a Democrat for many years, and William didn't see much difference between the two," she said. "Perdue changed parties as soon as he saw the Republicans coming into power."

A campaign website says Ligon has also contributed to many Republican candidates, including Perdue.

With respect to voting, Arrington said Ligon has been registered to vote since 1980, when he was just 19 years old. He grew up in Glynn County and, except for a few years when he lived in Texas, has always been registered to vote in Georgia.

"In 2006 when he moved to Camden County, he had to re-register," Arrington said. "They probably only saw his latest registration date."

When asked if this was possible, Carter responded, "You don't re-register when you move to another county. You change your address, but you're still registered.

"... The consultants I work with have information that shows when he registered and when he voted, and what I'm seeing is that he didn't."

Aristotle Voter Data, the service Carter used, could not be reached for comment, but the Carter campaign provided a printout of the spreadsheet they had viewed. …

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