Hearings on recall efforts against two elected officials in Hoschton are being held this week.

Senior Judge David R. Sweat will hear challenges by Hoschton mayor Theresa Kenerly and mayor pro-tem Jim Cleveland on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 and 11 a.m., respectively. Sweat will decide on the "sufficiency" of recall petitions against the two elected officials.

Those hearings are being held after press time for this week's paper. News from the hearings will be shared on BraseltonNewsTODAY.com and in the Oct. 9 issue of this newspaper.

BACKGROUND

Kenerly and Cleveland came under fire after Kenerly was accused of pulling an application of a candidate for city administrator because he is black. In a news article, Cleveland defended Kenerly and voiced his opposition to interracial relationships.

Citizens have since packed the Hoschton City Council meetings, calling for their resignations. Multiple ethics complaints have been filed and a recall effort was started earlier this year.

Organizers gathered over 100 signatures against both Kenerly and Cleveland and turned in a recall petition application in early September. The Jackson County Board of Elections verified those signatures a few days later, opening the next round of signature gathering. But that next step was quickly put on hold when Kenerly and Cleveland filed their challenges in the Superior Court of Jackson County.

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