Timpson Mayor Debra Smith has been named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed in Beaumont Federal Court for supposed voter discrepancies. The civil action is brought by Ms. Smith’s competitor in the recent mayor’s race, and Timpson City Councilman George Grace, who failed in unsetting the incumbent. Ms. Smith says Grace is seeking $1,800 in campaign expenses. She says the suit alleges there were seven voters in the May city election that were not legal to cast ballots.
Included on that list is Mayor Smith’s 102-year old grandfather, who now resides in a Garrison nursing home, and voted provisional.
Grace is also saying he didn’t receive a complete copy of the citizens that cast ballots in the recent Timpson mayoral election.
Grace was unavailable for comment.
Ms. Smith defeated Grace, 128 to 64 to win re-election to her second term as City of Timpson mayor. She added she’ll be preparing a response to the suit which has to be filed within 21-days. She noted the suit was hand-written by Grace, and he was also seeking court-appointed representation in the matter.