Following Ron Crist’s withdrawal from the Paulding County School Board District 3 race Tuesday, officials with Paulding County Elections & Voter Registration released the documents that had challenged Crist’s candidacy earlier in the day.
Crist’s candidacy was challenged by Dallas resident Doug Shaw. Shaw in a 24-page document challenging Crist’s qualifications asserted that Crist resides in Cobb County despite listing a Dallas Street residence in Hiram on his Declaration of Candidacy.
“I have physically observed and have spoken to local residents who have also physically observed [Crist] residing in the same home that he has owned in Cobb County for many years,” Shaw wrote in the challenge. “I have also observed that there are people residing in his listed property in Hiram that are not Mr. Crist.”
Other evidence presented by Shaw in the document included a copy of the check Crist wrote on May 24 to the Paulding County—the day he qualified for office—which lists a Powder Springs address, photos taken at the Cobb and Paulding residences, a non-owner occupancy rider for the Paulding residence and more.
The complete document challenging Crist’s qualifications is attached to this article.
Crist’s withdrawal from the race came a few hours after the Paulding County Elections & Voter Registration office received the challenge. County officials received the document about 11:15 a.m. today.
Crist had challenged incumbent Kim Cobb for the District 3 seat; both had qualified as Republicans during last month’s qualifying period.
Crist’s departure from the race means that Cobb is set to win another term on the board, as no others qualified for the Republican primary, nor did anyone seek the seat as a Democrat or independent.