The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that two write-in candidates for seats on the Atlantic Beach Town Council may begin serving their terms as council members, saying there “was a direct attempt by the [Atlantic Beach Municipal Election Commission] to interfere with the full and fair expression of the voters’ choice.”
In the opinion, the state Supreme Court justices reversed a circuit court ruling that upheld the town election commission’s decision to overturn election results. Former town manager Carolyn Cole and the Rev. Windy Price were thedeclared winners in the town’s municipal election in November 2009.
“My expectation is that my clients will take their seats on Town Council by the end of the month,” said Charles B. Jordan Jr., attorney for Cole and Price.
“This opinion vindicates Carolyn Cole and Wendy Price, and Ms. Cole and Rev. Price are ready to take their seats on Town Council and begin the work of moving the town forward.”