MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - As the Bibb County Board of Education election draws closer,
controversy creeps into the race for District 2.
An Internet video shows candidate Angel Davis Hopper, arguing with a woman over where she can put her signs. As Hopper learned today, the piece of land she was trying to campaign on, is off limits.
In the video, Hopper is seen arguing with a woman named Lillie Gantt-Evans. The exchange goes back and forth. Hopper was upset that Gantt-Evans removed her signs from a lot on the corner of Pio Nono Avenue and Mercer University Drive.
"She said nobody gave you the authority to move my signs, but she on private property unless you get permission," says Gantt-Evans.
Gantt-Evans doesn't own the property either, but she does lease it from Bethel CME Church, an agreement that allows her to control which campaign sign goes where.
Hopper said she had no idea the property was private. She said, "This area has been used for years and years."
Member of the Board of Trustees for the church, Robert Duncan, says the board votes to lease the land to Gantt-Evans annually.
"The property draws a lot of signs because of it's location so we don't have anything to do with that... She does basically what she wants to it," says Duncan.
Gantt-Evans charges candidates to put their signs on the this prime piece of campaign real-estate.
"I had David Davis signs. I put those out so not only his, all the rest of the peoples that came and asked me to put their signs out."
The only signs on the property now belong to David Lucas and Dr. Thelma Dillard. They both confirmed to 41 NBC they paid to put their signs up. Chief Deputy David Davis told 41NBC over the phone his signs were on the lot before the July 31st primary, but he didn't pay for the advertising.
"From what I understand, not all the candidates have paid to put their signs up here."
Gantt-Evans maintains she charges everyone, and Bibb County candidates know how she works.
"I've been doing it for years, not just this campaign. Everybody that knows me, they comes to me to help them."
As hopper learned that help comes at a cost.
After 41 NBC talked to board members at the church today about them leasing the property, the church's chief administrator and pastor, Carlton Mahone, called 41 NBC. He confirmed that the church owns the property and said, "what the church does is the church's business."