Rome City Commissioners are looking to change regulations regarding candidates for the board. The Rome General Administration Committee authorized the city attorney to change the charter to say that a candidate has to live within the ward in which they are qualifying at that time, rather than the time of the election.
The move comes after this past election in which Saundi Stevenson won a seat on the commission despite only moving to North Rome a week before early voting began. Stevenson was the top vote getter in the election. Her votes were enough to oust longtime commissioner Buzz Wachsteter.
Several of the commissioners said that the way the wording is now, anyone can set up a residency at the last minute and qualify for an election. A candidate has to qualify with the city clerk’s office approximately 70 days before the election.
If City Commissioners give the approval the change would be submitted to the Georgia General Assembly for final approval.