Ownership of property outside of district where candidate seeks office insufficient to undermine persuasive evidence of legal residency.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Gatto 
Docket Number: 0418341 , Decision Date: 2004-06-02 
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Mr. Ralph Hudgens established that he was qualified to run for State Senate in District 47 through persuasive evidence that he was a legal resident of that district.  The fact that Hudgens owned, and sometimes stayed in, property outside of District 47 did not disqualify [..] Read More..

Georgia law did not render qualifications for Public Service Commission candidates identical to those of gubernatorial candidates.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Gatto 
Docket Number: 00-21599 , Decision Date: 2000-05-01 
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The requirement under Georgia law that the election of PSC Commissioners be held under “the same rules and regulations as apply to the election of [the] Governor” does not impose on PSC candidates qualification criteria identical to those of candidates for Governor, such as a [..] Read More..

Temporary residence without the intent to change domicile does not affect legal residence.

Topic: Elections, Decided by Judge Gatto 
Docket Number: 0418340 , Decision Date: 2004-06-03 
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DuBose Porter affirmatively established that he was qualified to be a candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives in District 143 through persuasive evidence of his legal residence therein.  Porter’s legal residence in District 143 was not undermined by evidence of his ownership, and part-time [..] Read More..

Georgia Supreme Court dismisses appeal as moot where disqualification period had already expired.

Topic: Public Health, Decided by Judge Gatto 
Docket Number: 1114919 , Decision Date: 2011-02-03 
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In February 2011, Judge John B. Gatto modified the Department of Community Health’s one-year disqualification of Babies Right Start, Inc. (BRS) to a six months’ probationary period in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  An Agency Appeals Reviewer reversed Judge [..] Read More..