Bryan out as GOP candidate for state auditor
by Tim Lockette
tlockette@annistonstar.com
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Ray Bryan in his Anniston office in 2008. (File photo: Kevin Qualls/The Anniston Star)
Ray Bryan in his Anniston office in 2008. (File photo: Kevin Qualls/The Anniston Star)
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MONTGOMERY — Anniston lawyer Ray Bryan won't be on the ballot for state auditor as a Republican, the party's leadership announced Friday.

In an announcement emailed late Friday afternoon, the Alabama Republican Party headquarters announced that it "did not grant ballot access" to Bryan and three other Republicans — Baldwin County District Judge candidate Ginger Poynter, 10th Circuit judge candidate Jim McFerrin and state Republican committee candidate Jamie Wilkins.

Bryan was among 18 candidates whose status qualifications to run as Republicans were challenged after the sign-up period to run in the 2014 elections ended Feb. 7. Party chairman Bill Armistead told The Anniston Star earlier this week that all 18 were challenged by other party members, and that those challenges would be reviewed this weekend.

Party officials have never publicly stated what grounds any complainant had for challenging Bryan's candidacy. Armistead said earlier this week that challenges to the 18 candidates were due to a variety of issues, including questions about residency, technical or paperwork problems or doubts that the candidates were truly Republicans.

Attempts to reach Armistead and Bryan were not immediately successful Friday afternoon.

Bryan announced his candidacy last year, saying if elected, he hoped to work for an amendment to the 1901 Constitution to abolish the state auditor's office. The office keeps track of all personal property belonging to the state with a value of more than $500. Bryan said the office should be placed under the Examiners of Public Accounts, the auditing agency of the legislative branch.

Four Republicans and one Democrat remain in the race for state auditor. Independent candidates have until June to qualify to for the election.

Capitol & statewide reporter Tim Lockette: 256-294-4193. On Twitter @TLockette_Star.

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