Geneva Co. Commission Runoff Candidate

A Geneva County commission runoff candidate says he's being forced to drop out of the race.

Warren Byrd was to square-off against incumbent District One Commissioner Larry Everett on July 18 for the republican nomination. Byrd is a part-time mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

He says the postmaster general's office in Washington has threatened him with fines and possible jail time if he remains in the race. Byrd says allegations have been raised by a local state lawmaker that he is violating the Hatch Act.

That act, prohibits a federal worker from seeking a partisan office. Byrd says he must also relinquish his post on the Geneva County School Board.

"Really it's discouraging for the working people who really want to do something for this community and everything. Kind of makes you not want to get involved with nothing else," said Byrd.

Although, incumbent commissioner Evrett appears to have the Republican nomination; he must still face the Democrat, Slocomb city Councilman Henley Hicks, in the November general election.