AG: Melton OK to stay on mayoral Dem ballot
Jackson mayoral candidate Frank Melton’s homestead exemption dilemma can’t keep him out of the May 3 Democratic primary, according to a state attorney general’s opinion issued Wednesday.
“We are of the opinion that a municipal party executive committee may not hear or act on a petition challenging a candidate’s qualifications that is filed after the statutory deadline of 10 days after the qualifying deadline,” Phil Carter, special assistant attorney general, wrote.
“If the candidate were to win the party’s nomination, any information bearing on his qualifications may be presented to the municipal election commission which … must determine whether each party nominee meets all the qualifications to hold the office he is seeking,” Carter wrote. “If a party nominee is disqualified, the municipal party executive committee could nominate a substitute nominee.”