Few faces residency questions in mayoral race

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

September 1, 2006

Qualifying has just ended in Richmond County for November's race for mayor.

There are four candidates in the running.

But one candidate's paperwork may not be in order.

The tax commissioner in Columbia County says Ronnie Few signed a homestead exemption application in April of 2006.

By doing so, Few swore under oath that he occupied and resided in a residence at 204 Mineral Court in Columbia County.

However, in his notice of candidacy and affidavit for Augusta mayor, Few wrote his address as One 7th Street, which is Port Royal in downtown Augusta. That was signed yesterday, August 31.

"You have to be a resident of the state of Georgia for two years, and you have to be, in the case of the mayor, a resident of Richmond County for one year, and those time periods are calculated from the date of the election," said Lynn Bailey of the Board of Elections.

We did speak with Ronnie Few, who is out of town. He says this is a misunderstanding, and that he never went to the tax office in Columbia County to file for that homestead exemption.

He also says he will continue to run for mayor.

The other three men who announced they are running are the only other people who qualified.

They are mayor Deke Copenhaver, William 'Gil' Gilyard, and Steven Kendrick.

Ronnie Few did qualify, but today's developments could lead to a challenge.

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