The Liberty County Board of Elections determined Thursday candidate Douglas Burgess is not qualified to run for the District 4 Hinesville City Council seat.
Burgess had opposed incumbent Keith Jenkins who is running for reelection. The former candidate has 10 days to appeal the board's decision to the Liberty County Superior Court.
The board held a hearing at the Voter Registration office late Thursday afternoon to weigh evidence brought by four voters, who questioned Burgess' Hinesville residency. The board concluded evidence brought by voters Shannon and Jennille Helton showed Burgess did not live in the city the required 12 months before Nov.8, the date of the municipal election.
Read more on this story in Sunday's Coastal Courier.