Two Candidates Disqualified in Meridian

The Municipal Election Commission of Meridian has disqualified two independent city council candidates.

Walter Patton was running in Ward 5. Tavio Rand was a candidate in Ward 2.

According to a news release from the city of Meridian, each independent candidate's petition to run must have the signatures of at least 50 qualified electors of the ward in which the candidate is running.

The commission disqualified some signatures on Patton's petition, leaving him with less than the required fifty.

The commission determined that 92 signatories on Rand's petition were not qualified electors of Ward 2. Ten of the remaining fifty-two were rejected as invalid, so Rand did not have the required fifty.

Friday's vote affirmed its earlier decision to disqualify the candidates. however, both were given two weeks to present any information to challenge the commission's ruling.

The disqualifications leave Ward 2 city councilwoman Mary Perry, a Democrat, unopposed, and only Democrat city councilman John Harris and Republican Bonny R. Smith in the Ward 5 race.

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