Following the June 26 runoff election for the Democratic candidate for House District 41 Annie McDaniel filed an appeal with the state Democratic party.
In her letter to the party, McDaniel questioned whether winning candidate, MaryGail Douglas, had filed her paperwork properly.
McDaniel said other people had been pulled off of the ballot if they had not had their forms and payment submitted on the same day.
Citing unnamed sources, she alleged that MaryGail Douglas’ paperwork was completed improperly.
After reviewing the letter, party officials informed McDaniel on July 6 that they would not hold a hearing in this case.
“The documentation I had showed she had not filed on the same day but I did not want to be judgemental (and accuse her of that). That’s why I filed the appeal,” McDaniel said.
She also alleged that her filing had nothing to do with being disgruntled over defeat but rather that she wanted to see the letter of the law applied equally for all candidates.
“I wanted a good, clean fair election,” McDaniel said.“When we had the primary with the Department of Justice here, we had one. They left, and it appears that was not the case with the runoff.”
McDaniel referenced a similar Anderson County case in which an appeal was granted a hearing by the Democratic party.
When given an opportunity to respond to these allegations, Douglas emphatically stated that her paperwork was completed properly and filed on time.
“When I left the office that day that I registered all the required paperwork was in place,” Douglas said.
She did not wish to personalize this issue.
“There are some people that live in chaos and like that and seem to thrive on chaos. When things don’t go their way, they pull a trigger and aim at that path and this (appeal letter by McDaniel) is a part of that process,” Douglas said.