Bill Thrower appeals election disqualification

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - With election day right around the coroner, candidates are putting the final touches on their campaigns, but one candidate in the Muscogee County coroner's race has run into a roadblock.

News Leader 9 spoke with Bill Thrower about why his qualification is in question and his next step to get re-elected.

Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower was recently told he would not be able to run for re-election because of a bounced check for his qualifying fee, "It was a slight clerical error and that is all I can say at this point."

But now with the help of his attorney, Thrower is asking for that decision to be over-turned, "My appeal is in progress and we are praying for a positive outcome, as it looks at this time. At this time I am still on the ballot for coroner and I sincerely want to stay in office and continue serving the citizens of Muscogee County."

Thrower and his attorney are filing an appeal that will be assigned to a judge to look over, but now it's a waiting game. We asked Thrower about the chances he will qualify for re-election. He responded, "I feel very positive about it coming out in my favor, and I am waiting for the appeal and the judge's decision on that matter."

Early voting starts on July 9th and election day is July 31st. And although there is not word yet on exactly when Thrower's case will be assigned or how long it will take for a decision to be made, he is hoping the situation gets resolved in time for election day.

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