Saturday July 20th, 2019 8:12PM

Buford commission candidate in city's only contested race disqualified

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A race for a Buford City Commission is now a one-man race, eliminating the only contested race in the city.

Gary A. Ingram, the challenger to Chris Burge for Commission Post 2, was disqualified Tuesday morning following a hearing, according to a statement issued by Buford City Clerk Kim Wolfe, who serves as the city's elections superintendent.

Ingram, as of Aug. 23, was no longer a resident of Buford, and an investigation found that he had a felony conviction on his record within the last 10 years.

The statement noted that Ingram was also holding public funds illegally.

"Ingram's name shall be withheld from the ballot or it shall be struck from the ballot if the ballots have been printed," the statement reads.

Any votes cast during the early voting period for Ingram will not be counted.

Ingram's disqualification means the four races in Buford's municipal elections are all uncontested. Brad Weeks is the only candidate for Commission Post 3, and incumbents Pat Pirkle and Bruce Fricks are the only candidates for a pair of Buford School Board posts.

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