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Denise LaSalle Hill Public Office Eligibility Challenged

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  • The Putnam County Board of Elections and Registration will hold a hearing to determine Denise LaSalle Hill's eligibility to run for public office.


Denise LaSalle Hill eligibility to run for public office challenged 

She recently qualified for Superior Court Clerk of Putnam County

By Shannon Sneed


Denise LaSalle Hill’s eligibility to run for public office is being challenged. A hearing will be held by the Putnam County Board of Elections and Registration on Tuesday to address the matter. Hill qualified on March 6 for the Democratic Party ticket for the office of Putnam County Superior Court Clerk. 

“It is my understanding that Ms. LaSalle Hill does not pay her taxes,” said challenger Tammy Lankford in a letter to the BER. “Her reasons are her own. However, when she steps into the public forum and wants our vote she is asking for our community trust.”

Lankford cited state Article 2, Section 2, paragraph III relating to persons not eligible to hold office including anyone “who is a defaulter for any federal, state, county, municipal or school system taxes…”

Lankford states in the letter she believes that at the time Hill qualified, she was a defaulter on taxes due the state of Georgia in the amount of $3,672.96 from January 2018, $2,314.52 from March 2006 and $1,105.10 from April 2003.

Lankford has presented documents reference the allegations to the BER for review. The hearing is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. on April 7 at the Putnam County Courthouse.