“It appears extremely likely that Mr. Raffensperger lied on his affidavit saying he was not a defaulter of taxes,” according to the letter. “It is especially ironic that Mr. Raffensperger seeks the very office that has the power to review candidate qualifications.”
State Rep. Brad Raffensperger speaks in April during a Georgia secretary of state debate at Lassiter High School in Marietta. (REANN HUBER/REANN.HUBER@AJC.COM)
Raffensperger, an engineer who owns several businesses, said he has repaid about $5,000 in liens in Muscogee County from 2005, along with $449 in Gwinnett County liens dating to 2002 and 2003.
“We pay over $1 million in taxes a year, and if there’s some of that we missed 10 or 20 years ago, then we were happy to take care of it, and we have,” Raffensperger told Channel 2 on Thursday.
Belle Isle’s letter asks the Secretary of State’s Office to determine whether Raffensperger is in default on taxes and to remove him from the ballot. Belle Isle, a former mayor of Alpharetta, didn’t return a phone message Thursday seeking comment.
The Secretary of State’s Office will have to decide whether to open an investigation.