New city election set for Aug. 13
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 1:00 PM
CANTON - A new election for the Ward 1 alderman seat ordered last week by a special judge because of grievous voting irregularities has been set for Aug. 13.
Gov. Phil Bryant set the special election on Wednesday after special Circuit Judge Forrest Johnson of Adams County ordered a new election after hearing damning evidence of voting irregularities that occurred during the May 7 Democratic Primary.
Ray Rosamond lost by four votes to incumbent Rodriquez Brown on May 7 and Rosamond later filed suit claiming irregularities and fraud took place.
Johnson ordered the new election after witness testimony he called "disturbing" during a lawsuit filed by former alderman Ray Rosamond.
During the two-day trial, several witnesses gave testimony that corroborated Rosamond's assertions that fraud and voter intimidation was taking place at the Ward 1 polling station. One witness even defined it as a "circus."
In his ruling, Johnson said, "The information I heard about the polls at Ward 1 on May 7 is disturbing."
The two won't be the only ones on the August ballot, though. They will be joined by independent candidate Jeff Ross, who narrowly lost in the general election to Brown.
Candidates may withdraw from the race by submitting written notice to the Canton city clerk, the governor's orders said.
In the event there is no majority winner on Aug. 13, a runoff election will be held Sept. 3.