GOP decision disappoints Peacock

Published 9:18 am Monday, June 21, 2010

Danny Joyner’s name will be on the November ballot in a race for the State Senate District 22 seat in spite of a challenged issued against his campaign.

GOP candidate Jeff Peacock, a primary opponent of Joyner’s, issued a challenge last week arguing that Joyner did not properly report donations of billboard advertising on a financial disclosure form required with the party.

Phillip Bryan, communications director for the Alabama Republican Party in Birmingham, said the issue was put to rest Thursday after officials dismissed the challenge.

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“The committee decided to dismiss the issue,” Bryan said. “The code in Alabama election law states that a contribution made that is not a voluntary act connected with the election is not required to be reported. Since the billboards were not paid for by the Joyner campaign, the challenge was dismissed. That decision will allow Mr. Joyner to be on the ballot in November.”

Joyner said the billboards — which included the phrase “not a paid political advertisement” were done independent of his campaign.

“The people voted and the process worked,” Joyner said. “The past is past and we move forward from here. Maybe I could become the first Republican senator ever from Escambia County. I would hope and pray that everybody now will look forward.”

Peacock said the decision was disappointing, but one by which he would abide.

“Obviously I’m disappointed,” Peacock said. “I disagree with it, but it is the party’s decision and we have to abide by that.”

Joyner will face Democratic incumbent Marc Keahey of Grove Hill in the November general election.

Kerry Bean contributed to this article.