Linda Pritchett is in next week’s runoff election to replace former Sen. Vincent Fort. She's seen here shaking Gov. Nathan Deal's hand at the Wild Hog Supper on Jan. 12, 2014.

Voter challenges legitimacy of Georgia Senate candidate

A Fulton County lawyer is asking the Secretary of State’s Office to challenge the right of a candidate in next week’s 39th Georgia Senate District runoff to be on the ballot.

Linda Pritchett is one of two Democrats vying for the seat Vincent Fort vacated to make an unsuccessful run for Atlanta mayor. Pritchett, a paralegal, faces off against Nikema Williams, who works for Planned Parenthood, for the district that stretches from Buckhead to South Fulton.

Erin Glynn, an East Point attorney, sent a letter to Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office on Sunday challenging Pritchett’s candidacy, saying the candidate did not include information in her declaration of candidacy about a 2006 guilty plea to felony larceny.

She said a judge vacated the guilty plea later that year and dropped the charges after two years of probation.

Pritchett said the accusation Glynn made was false, and she said she never pleaded guilty to a larceny charge.

Ryan Germany, the general counsel for the Secretary of State’s Office, was looking into Pritchett’s qualifications as of Tuesday.

Pritchett has run for various posts in recent years, including making an unsuccessful bid last year for a Georgia House seat.

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