19-year-old candidate heads to runoff in city council race

AP News
Posted: Mar 22, 2017 5:56 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — A 19-year-old candidate seeking a council seat in a newly formed city in Georgia is headed to a runoff election next month.

News outlets report that Mary-Pat Hector, a sophomore at Spelman College, finished second Tuesday to George Turner Jr. in a five-way race in Stonecrest in southeast DeKalb County. Neither candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote, forcing the top two finishers into a runoff April 18.

During the campaign, Turner challenged Hector's eligibility because of her age. Georgia law requires candidates to be at least 21 years old unless a city charter specifically makes an exception.

The DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections ruled Hector could run because the city's charter doesn't specifically mention an age restriction.


This story has corrected the spelling of Spelman College.