Following judge’s ruling, Hawkins will remain Orange party chair

Superior Court Judge Donald Goldman today dismissed a challenge by North Ward Councilwoman Tency Eason, who had tried to declare void results of the June 9th Orange Democratic County Committee election in Orange.

Eason lost the election to then Mayor-elect Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., by a vote of 15 to 14.

In a statement, Mayor Hawkins said he would continue to serve as chair of the county committee as a consequence of Goldman’s decision.

“I am pleased that the court has reaffirmed my election as Orange Democratic Chairman,” saidthe mayor.”Now that the leadership question has been clarified, I invite Ms. Eason to work alongside me and other active Orange Democrats to elect Barack Obama as our next President.”

For her part, Eason hinted that she might pursue another legal recourse.

“Even though the judge said there were a lot of irregularities, he dismissed it,” Eason said of her suit. “But he’s the judge and I’m not. We’re going to look at it.”

Following judge’s ruling, Hawkins will remain Orange party chair