Henry commissioner’s voter eligibility hearing set for Thursday

Henry County Elections & Registation officials will hold a hearing on Thursday to determine commissioner Brian Preston’s eligibility as a voter in the county.

The 10 a.m. hearing stems from complaints filed by the head of a newly-formed citizens watchdog group which is trying to get Preston removed from office because its leader says Preston and his family now live in Tennessee.

Preston's residency status has created an uproar among some residents who say he should leave office because he no longer officially lives in Henry. Preston has said he'll resign at the end of July. But the head of Ethics in Government wants him out immediately.

“He lives in Tennessee. Everybody knows that,” said Larry Morey, chairman of Ethics in Government. Morey is a former county commission chairman.

Efforts to reach Preston Friday morning were unsuccessful.

The hearing will be at the elections & registration office, 40 Atlanta St. in McDonough.