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Judge dismisses lawsuit by McComb mayor who lost election

September 27, 2018

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — A judge is dismissing a lawsuit filed by a former Mississippi mayor who lost a bid to regain the office this year.

Zach Patterson lost McComb’s Democratic primary in May to Quordiniah Lockley, who is a former city administrator.

Lockley won the general election in June and is now mayor.

Patterson sued Lockley, the McComb Democratic Executive Committee and three of the committee’s members, saying the committee failed to consider his concerns about absentee and affidavit ballots cast in the close primary.

The Enterprise-Journal reports that a specially appointed judge, Barry Ford of Madison, dismissed the lawsuit Wednesday. Ford said Patterson failed to follow necessary steps to appeal the primary loss.

Patterson’s attorney, Walter Zinn, responded that “there’s no justice in Pike County.” Zinn says Patterson will appeal the dismissal.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, http://www.enterprise-journal.com

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