In a hearing continued from June 3, the Caswell County Board of Elections voted unanimously tonight to disqualify Douglas Milton Holmes from the District 22 Senate race.
It was the third hearing on the issue, after Herman Joubert lost his Republican Primary bid for the seat to Holmes and then filed a protest a week later, on May 14.
Joubert, who lives in Milton, claimed Holmes does not live in Chapel Hill – in Senate District 22 – but in Fayetteville.
Witnesses came forward to describe the Chapel Hill residence as abandoned, neglected and unkempt.
So now the Primary Election can't be certified, and there is a vacancy for the Republican slot.
While Holmes can appeal the decision, the North Carolina Republican Party can name another candidate - such as Joubert - to face off against Democrat incumbent Senator Mike Woodard in the Nov. 4 General Election.
For the full story, with details on witness testimony, plus a photo of Joubert knocking on the front door of the Chapel Hill home, pick up a June 18 issue of The Caswell Messenger or check out the e-edition on this website.