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Voter fraud complaint filed, mayor comes under fire in Midland City

Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 2:37 AM CDT
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MIDLAND CITY, AL (WSFA) - The Midland City council held a special called meeting Tuesday to canvass municipal election results, and Interim Mayor Patsy Skipper didn't attend.

Skipper has come under fire after a racial slur was posted on her Facebook page after she lost her re-election bid to Joann Grimsley.

Skipper hasn't returned our calls for comment, but told the Dothan Eagle she didn't make the post. She believes her page was hacked. Skipper also told the paper she has been in poor health and recently had heart surgery.

During Tuesday's meeting, three council members approved the ballots, but District 3 Councilman George Williams declined, citing alleged election discrepancies.

According to the Dothan Eagle, Councilman Mel Adams said voter fraud complaints had been filed with the Secretary of State's office, and he believes Grimsley should resign.

Grimsley takes office in November and is Midland City's first African American mayor.

Grimsley, who's known Skipper and her husband for years, says she was surprised by the Facebook post but is overwhelmed by the support she's received.

"Words can't express how I feel towards the people of Midland City that did vote for me or whether they didn't vote for me, I still love the people of our town," Grimsley said. "We have a lovely town, and I'm going to do my best to go forward and do the things that I feel will help our community to grow and go forth.  And I think we should have that spirit of unity, and that's the main thing that I want to see us be unified."

A petition has been started on Change.org for Skipper to be removed from office.

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