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Long commissioner candidate appeals disqualification ruling
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Amy Davis Nutting stands outside the Long County Courthouse after filing an appeal to overrule a decision made by Long County Elections Superintendent Marie Middleton that made her ineligible to run for the upcoming vacant county commissioner seat in the 5th District. - photo by Mike Riddle / Coastal Courier
Amy Davis Nutting filed an appeal in the Long County Superior Circuit Court this last Wednesday appealing a decision that ruled her ineligible to run for the upcoming vacant county commissioner seat in the 5th District.
Nutting, who initially qualified for the seat earlier this month, was ruled ineligible to run May 15 by Long County Elections Superintendent Marie Middleton.
According to earlier information provided by Middleton, she ruled Nutting ineligible because the candidate filed Homestead Exemption on a residence in Glynn County. Although Nutting also has a Long County home, it was determined her primary residence is in Glynn County, where the Homestead Exemption was filed.
During the hearing, Nutting stated she considers the Long County home her primary residence as she has lived in Long County for the past 31 years, she currently lives in the county and her daughter attends day care in Long County.
"I believe that the elections superintendent was just being cautious and careful in her ruling, but I know that I live in Long County. I attend church in this area, I own land here, we have a business here and, simply put, I live here," said Nutting.
Nutting said she thinks the ineligibility setback is only a technicality and once it goes before a judge, she will be ruled eligible to pursue the county commissioner post.
"I'm very confident that the ruling will go in my favor and, according to my attorney, there already has been a case of dual homestead exemption where the person was allowed to run," said Nutting.
Nutting said she would continue to appeal any decision she is unhappy with.
"Long County is my home and I will take this as high as I have to be able to run for the position."
As of Tuesday, no court date had been set for the appeal.
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