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Judge rules for hearing on Canton election

CANTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Canton Alderman candidate, challenging the May 7th primary election, was in court Friday. Ray Rosamond and attorneys representing the Democratic Executive Committee, and the incumbent candidate met for a injunction hearing Friday morning.

Judge Forest Johnson granted a preliminary injunction, which will allow for testimony of allegations of improper election activities, to be heard in court.

Rosamond who lost by four votes alleges poll workers used intimidation, and illegally assisted voters. The petition also alleges that the ballots were handled improperly.

Rosamond filed his petition right after the general election and Judge Johnson, special judge assigned to the case, issued a temporary restraining order, delaying the certification of the Canton Ward 1 alderman race.

Incumbent Rodriguez Brown went on to win the general election. His attorney's say the allegations were made without merit. They plan to present their own witnesses, to deny those claims.

Brown's Attorney Gerald Mumford says, "I would call today a partial victory for the citizens of Ward 1, need to have their voices heard," said Brown's attorney, Gerald Mumford."They need representation. The judge saw that, those people need a representative in city government."

Rosamond's Attorney Cory Wilson says, "The biggest thing about the court ruling today is this things going to be tried on the merits," said Rosamond's attorney, Cory Wilson. "We'll bring witnesses and we'll be able to show the substantial problems with this election on May 7th."

The judge also removed the temporary restraining order, which was preventing the Canton Ward 1 Alderman's race from being certified. The injunction hearing has been set for July 15th at 10 am.

Rosamond and nearly a dozen others wrote detailed letters on the problems they saw at the polls, and how the votes were counted.

"We think there were a number of those ballots that were counted that should not have been counted, they were not proper under Mississippi law," said Wilson.

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