Federal lawsuit challenges West Point Democratic primary

By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal

WEST POINT – Four West Point voters want declared null and void the May 7 Democratic Primary election in their town.
They say there is no West Point Municipal Democratic Executive Committee or a temporary Democratic Executive Committee to conduct the election, and that the man who claims to be its chairman “is not in fact chair.”
The lawsuit was filed Friday by Chiketa Young, Larry Stevenson, Kiara Lane, Annie Cattledge and Jasper E. Pittman with attorney Wilbur Colom of Columbus.
They insist that West Point’s Municipal Election Commission, the lead defendant in the lawsuit, exercised the authority of the Democratic Party to conduct the election given by the party’s chairman, Thomas B. Storey Jr.
The city commission “is wholly without authority” to conduct the party primary election, and Storey is not the party committee’s chair, the lawsuit claims.
They ask Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills to stop election results certification and to stop the city group from conducting Democratic Party primaries without proper authority.
They also want the May 7 primary vote nullified and Storey stopped from exercising the authority of the city Democratic committee.
Other defendants are Betty Swift, George Bailey and Darrellene Fulgham, members of the city election panel, and Storey.
None of the defendants have yet to respond to the allegations.
West Point voters and others throughout the state return to the polls Tuesday to cast votes for municipal party runoff elections.
patsy.brumfield@journalinc.com