- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A judge has been assigned to hear Tasha Dillon’s challenge of her loss of the House District 98 Democratic primary to incumbent Rep David Myers.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1gKVf9v) retired Hinds County Circuit Court Judge James Bell will preside over the case.

Dillon alleges a number of irregularities occurred during balloting and the counting of ballots, as well as improper, aggressive and illegal campaign tactics waged by Myers and his supporters.

In a court filing earlier this month, Dillon claimed that Myers’ supporters surrounded her supporters at polling places, taunted them and threw fireworks in their yards at night to intimidate them. She also contends one of Myers’ relatives threatened violence against a voter “if she didn’t vote for his daddy.”

Dillon also claimed some voting machines didn’t work properly, some voters in split precincts got the wrong ballots and affidavit ballots were counted outside of “full and clear view,” among other things.

A hearing in the case has been set for Oct. 1. The focus of that hearing will center on Pike County Supervisors board attorney Wayne Dowdy’s request to represent the county’s election commissioners and Circuit Clerk Roger Graves in the matter.

County officials have maintained they kept a fair count in the contest.

Myers, who won a fifth term since there were no other candidates, has called Dillon’s filing “a fishing expedition to back into becoming a state representative.”

Myers is represented by state Rep. Linda Coleman, a Democrat from Mound Bayou. Dillon is represented by attorney Peter Teeuwissen of Jackson.

A hearing in the case is scheduled Oct. 1.


Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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