Georgia mayoral candidate plans to fight disqualification

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. — A Georgia man says he plans to fight a city official's decision to disqualify him from running for mayor because of a past felony conviction. Julius Hall filed paperwork last month to run for mayor of Port Wentworth, a city of 11,000 just west of Savannah. But the city clerk who oversees local elections, Shanta Scarboro, disqualified Hall because of a 1991 conviction on a federal cocaine conspiracy charge. Scarboro cited a Georgia law that says convicted felons can't seek elected office until 10 years after finishing their sentence. Hall says that doesn't apply to him, because the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles in January restored his civil rights _ including his right to seek office. Hall said he plans to challenge his disqualification in court.  

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