Hinds County Election Commissioners voted 3-to-2 to remove a candidate for District 4 Constable from the ballot in the November general election.
A special meeting was called at one o'clock Thursday afternoon after incumbent Constable Jon Lewis complained that challenger Leon Jones' name was put back on the ballot despite a successful challenge back in march to have it removed. The issue was over whether or not Jones was a resident of district four.
One of the commissioners who voted in favor of Jones, Jermal Clark, cited confusion over possible redistricting of the area as the reason for his vote.
Clark said, "..so, it is my contention that as a good faith effort, we go ahead on and put him on as a candidate for this particular position due to no fault of his own and then we change it later on, you know, that's another point but, this is a five member commission."
Constable Lewis said, "On June 6th, Claude McInnis puts him back into the race which was total breach of the law that could not have taken place"
Jones said, "Well, I don't agree with it, but I respect their decision and we're gonna move forward."
Constable Lewis now faces Earl Young, an independent candidate, in the November 8th general election.
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