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Snellville candidate challenge dismissed

SNELLVILLE — A resident hoping to become the first black woman to serve on the Snellville City Council successfully overcame a challenge to her qualifications Thursday.

Alisa Boykin, the vice-chairwoman of the Snellville Arts Commission, will remain on the Nov. 5 ballot challenging incumbent Tom Witts, after Thursday’s hearing before the elections superintendent.

A resident had questioned whether Boykin lived in the city limits longer than the 12-month requirement in the city charter, but attorney Phyllis Miller showed evidence that Boykin has lived in the city for about two years.

Miller, a former state legislator and former judge, said Boykin is pleased the challenge was dismissed.

“Now that the challenge filed by Ms. Boykin’s opponents has been dismissed, she can get back to campaigning, and she will continue to focus on the issues that are important to the citizens of Snellville, rather than being distracted by and wasting time on baseless, politically motivated personal attacks,” Miller said. “The people of Snellville need someone like Ms. Boykin who will rise above the negativity and focus on the needs of the citizens of Snellville.”