Local News

9/6/2013

Brooks, Nolan may be listed as incumbents

The Brunswick News

Brunswick voters could find two incumbent candidates vying for the same city commission seat when they go to the polls Nov. 5 to elect two commissioners and a mayor.

The two candidates who could be listed as incumbents are James Brooks and Emmitt Nolan, both candidates in the South Ward.

Brooks was suspended from office, with pay, following his indictment on bribery charges by a Camden County grand jury earlier this year. Nolan was appointed to his seat temporarily by Gov. Nathan Deal, until Brooks either is acquitted in a trial before his term ends and is restored to office or is convicted and removed permanently. He can seek re-election if there is no determination of his case prior to the election, but he cannot hold office if he is elected and convicted.

Brooks was indicted in Camden County for allegedly taking money there to help a man get a job with the Brunswick Police Department. The man did not get one.

Nolan and Brooks qualified to run for the South Ward seat, along with Felicia Morris Harris.

Cindy Johnson, Glynn County Board of Elections supervisor, says the board of elections will wait until the latest possible date to have the Brunswick ballot printed, with the hope of knowing whether Brooks can appear on it.

He is scheduled to go to trial Sept. 23, four days before printing of the ballot.

"We are required to mail (absentee) ballots 22 days before the election, so we will need about two weeks to have them printed and shipped," Johnson said.

Johnson said the board will list Brooks and Nolan as incumbents, if necessary, on the advice of its lawyer.

Voters also will elect a new mayor and a North Ward commissioner.

Hoping to succeed Mayor Bryan Thompson, who cannot seek a third consecutive term because of term limits, are Zack Lyde, Commissioner Cornell Harvey, Valerie Scriven and Starling Sutton.

Hoping to succeed Harvey in the North Ward are Gary Cook, Vincent Williams and Neil Foster.

Voters will cast ballots for mayor and for both South Ward and North Ward candidates regardless of where they reside in the city. L Street is the boundary between the wards.

Voters also will vote a second time on a referendum to allow Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor at stores. They rejected a similar proposal two years ago, when all county voters approved Sunday sales in unincorporated Glynn County .

In-person early voting will begin Oct. 14 and end Nov. 1 at the Glynn County Board of Elections, 1815 Gloucester St., Brunswick. There are no county-wide elections this year.

Registered voters can begin applying for absentee ballots, but will not receive them until about mid-October. Call the board at 554-7060 or go online to www.glynncounty.org and enter "board of elections" in the search field.

The last day to register to vote in the election is Oct. 7.