THOMASVILLE -- Is he or isn't he? That is the question.

Thomasville City Council candidate Tyrone Terrell told the Times-Enterprise on Thursday that city clerk Kathleen Vincent called him to inform him that he had been disqualified from the council race due to voter registration requirements.

Vincent said she could not confirm nor deny whether Terrell was disqualified. She also had no comment as to whether Terrell was still a candidate or if she had spoken to him regarding his disqualification.

Terrell said he was disqualified because he is not a registered voter in Thomasville.

"I also have a residence in DeKalb County, and that's where I have been registered to vote for 20 years. I've been living in the Thomas County and Grady County area for the last five years," Terrell said.

His apparent disqualification comes two weeks after announcing his candidacy against Max Beverly for the District 2, Post 2 seat. He said he should have been notified sooner of his disqualification because he has spent money on his campaign.

In addition to being disqualified, Terrell said his electricity has been cut off and he has lost the lease on his business, Uplift Inc.

"The city has been working with me on my utilities because business has been slow. Then all of the sudden, they turned my power off," he said. "Three days ago, Maxey Powell (owner of Terrell's building) comes in and gets an eviction on me to be put out, and the rent is not past due. That's not right.

"I've put $20,000 into this building. It was vacant for two or three years before I put my sign up."

In September 2004, Terrell was arrested for contempt after exchanging words with former Thomas County Chief Magistrate Grace Garland. He claims he was asking her a question about the appeals process to get a license reflecting "city support of a community development program."

"They locked me up. (Garland) told me to sign a document saying I was on probation for six months, and that I had a fine for $700. I said, 'I'm not signing it,'" Terrell said. "They locked me up for three days. Nobody could tell me what the charges were."

Terrell said he's been unfairly knocked out of the council race.

"I feel it's racist. I've been saying it's classism, but it's clear now that it's racism. This is the worst apartheid I've ever laid eyes on. Who would ever think it exists in America?" he said. "This community is 57 percent African-American -- 12 percent on the police department. Twenty-five percent department heads -- four blacks in the department. They knew I was going to bring these issues up. They want me out of the race, and they want me to starve. "I feel this whole election is a farce.

"Mr. Beverly should not just walk into the position uncontested. Yet, I still believe in justice in America. I think if the people knew about all this, they would stand up and ask for justice."

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