ROSWELL, Ga. — Sandra Sidhom, one of Roswell’s five mayoral candidates, has been disqualified from the race after an investigation by the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. A public hearing regarding the issue will be held Monday, Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. in Room 220 of Roswell City Hall.
“We have concluded that Ms. Sidhom is not eligible to hold the office of mayor,” District Attorney Paul Howard said in a letter to the city. “She has not resided in the city for one year prior to the date of the general election and therefore does not meet the residency requirements.”
According to Howard, the office is investigating whether there is enough evidence to charge Sidhom with false swearing.
When Sidhom filed for her candidacy, all of her paperwork and affidavit regarding her residency met the requirements and looked fine, according to Julie Brechbill, Roswell’s community relations manager.
The residency challenge came from Roswell resident Eric Schumacher. Since the city does not have any investigators, the issue was turned over to Howard’s office, Brechbill said.
This is not the first time that Sidhom and Schumacher have clashed.
Earlier in September, Sidhom filed a police report with the city stating that Schumacher had been harassing her since Aug. 4. Sidhom said in the report that Schumacher had been emailing her multiple times regarding her residency and would keep the details of the investigation confidential if she withdrew her candidacy “before the Fulton County DA gets involved.”
She added in the report that she has her mail forwarded to her parent’s house in Alpharetta, leading to the “false statements” about her residency in Roswell.
Sidhom is one of five candidates vying to replace Jere Wood as mayor of Roswell. Wood is not seeking reelection after a Fulton County Superior Court judge ruled in August that he had violated his term limits. The remaining candidates are Lori Henry, Donald J. Horton, Lee Jenkins and Michael Litten.
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