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Donaldson gets the nod, Clyatt gets bypassed

A nominating committee appointed by the Grady EMC board of directors met Thursday morning to determine who should run for two positions on the board that are up for election this year. The group nominated two candidates for the District 3 seat, but only one for District 6.
Gordon Clyatt, a vocal critic of the EMC, has expressed interest in seeking election to the District 6 seat on the board, but he was not nominated.
The committee only nominated incumbent director Robert E. Lee, the current vice chairman of the EMC board of directors.
However, on Tuesday Clyatt presented a petition with 160 members’ signatures to EMC attorney Claire Chason. Once the signatures are verified as members of the EMC, Clyatt’s name is expected to join the incumbent’s name on the ballot.
For the District 3 post, the committee nominated incumbent Lamar Carlton, the current chairman of the board, and Bernard Hestell Donaldson Jr.
Donaldson had previously announced his intention to seek nomination by petition.
Last year, Ronald Sellars and Earl Stuckey sought the support of the nominating committee to have their names placed on the ballot for the election of directors, but the committee declined and both men sought nomination by petition and ultimately won election over former directors Caylor Outzs and H. Lamar Strickland.
Donaldson said he had assumed he would have to obtain signatures of at least 50 EMC members to have his name placed on the ballot.
The Messenger has learned this week that a former Thomas County commissioner, Ricky Smith, has said he will seek nomination by petition to challenge Carlton for the District 3 post.
The election of directors this year will be the first to include absentee ballots so all members can vote even if they cannot attend the annual membership meeting, which will be held once again at Family Worship Center, 1760 U.S. Hwy. 84, on Friday, Oct. 20.
The men serving on the 2017 nominating committee are Freddie Bryant, Lowell E. Dollar, Robert L. Gainey, Neil Mayer, Julian E. Robinson, Douglas Roddenberry, Ronald W. Smith and Blake Stanaland.

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