Candidate claims he’s qualified to run for State Representative seat
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A man running for the State Representative District 142 seat is accusing one of his competitors of being ineligible to run for the position.
Gerald Harvey claims James Frank Austin Jr. can’t run for the position because he hasn’t lived in the district for at least a year. Harvey said he’s received numerous phone calls from residents of the district about the issue. Harvey filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s office. He’s asked for them to look into the residency qualifications of Austin, according to a news release.
Austin told 41NBC he’s “offended because the complaint challenges the hard work in this district.” He said he’s eligible to run for the position because he has owned a house in Macon since 2007. He moved from Jones County into the Macon home in 2014.
Austin currently serves as the Director of the Macon-Bibb County Shalom Zones. These are areas where revitalization efforts are led by churches, community leaders and local government.
“I’m not going to let anybody take away from what we’ve accomplished in these neighborhoods,” said Austin.