James Montgomery’s attempts to contest the results of a primary runoff election for the Democratic nomination for the Calhoun County District 1 seat might be nearing an end.
Sheila Gilbert, chairwoman of the Calhoun County Democratic Party, said the party’s committee passed a resolution in July finding insufficient evidence to back up Montgomery’s claims that he should have won the nomination over incumbent Fred Wilson.
Montgomery said he was contesting the results of the election based on what he said are uncounted absentee ballots. The county received more than 400 applications from residents in District 1 to vote absentee, but fewer than 200 absentee ballots were cast in the primary runoff between Montgomery and Wilson.
Montgomery said Thursday he was hoping to appeal his case to the state Democratic Party, but Chairwoman Nancy Worley said he would have to have a hearing with the local party. Montgomery said he did not have a chance to present his case in person to local party officials.
Attempts to reach Worley on Thursday were unsuccessful.
Gilbert said that she suggested Montgomery’s next course of action would be to take his case to court. Montgomery said Thursday he was unsure what his next step would be.