Judge Rejects Anissa Jones' Challenge to Opponent

12:57 AM, Jul 13, 2011   |    comments
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A judge rejected State Representative Candidate Anissa Jones' complaint that her opponent doesn't live in the district.  But Jones says James Beverly's paper trail paints a different story.

Jones and Beverly are running to replace David Lucas in the House District 139 seat.

A state judge ruled that since has leased a Chestnut Street home in Macon for more than one year he is eligible to run.

State law requires a candidate to live within the district they are running in for at least one year.

Jones says court documents show Beverly received a homestead tax exemption in 2010 for a home on Brookefield Drive in North Macon.

"I have a problem with that," says Jones, "You're enjoying the benefits of being a homeowner in another district while having the opportunity to exploit our district 139 here as a candidate."

Beverly says that's the home he lived in with his wife and children before he separated from his wife and moved away to attend school in Massachusetts.

When he moved back in June 2010, he says, he moved into the Chestnut Street home.

He says though he may only have lived in the district for a year, his ties to the community go back much further.

He owns Mid Towne Vision Center and Goggles Eyecare for Kids on Pio Nono Avenue.

"My business, civic engagement, my church is in the district," says Beverly, "I mean it's where I stay. Every functioning thing I do is in the district."

Jones also questioned why Beverly registered a car to his North Macon address, when he purchased the car four months after moving.

"I have an issue with that  because if you clearly had already moved to our district it shouldn't be hard for you to put the address for our district in that document," says Jones.

Beverly says it was an innocent oversight.

"It wasn't even a thought, I didn't even think about it," says Beverly. "Because again, I wasn't trying to establish residency, I was just in and out of the tag office at a very quick time."

Both Beverly and Jones say the court may have spoken, but it's the voter's verdict they're waiting to hear.


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