Georgia secretary of state agrees Saunders is eligible to run for judge

 Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp agreed with a state administrative judge’s ruling that Juvenile Court Judge Willie Saunders is eligible to run for a Superior Court judge position, according to a ruling filed today.

A formal challenge to Saunders’ candidacy was filed in May by Augusta attorney Jack Long. Long claimed that Saunders should not be allowed to challenge Chief Superior Court Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet for his seat in the Augusta Circuit because state law bars anyone who has defaulted on tax obligations from holding office.

Kemp, who has the final say in such election challenges, decided to adopt Judge Michael M. Malihi’s July 16 ruling, which said although Saunders owes federal taxes, his plan to pay the IRS under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy settlement meets the standard for a payment plan required by state law.

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