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Ousted Fort Oglethorpe council member wants seat back

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FORT OGLETHORPE, GA (WRCB) -  Charles Sharrock is ready to put the past behind him.

“I have not let it get me down. I've held my head up and felt positive and moved on and was hoping this thing would end in a good way for me through the courts, but it didn't,” he said.

Members of Fort Oglethorpe City Council voted to remove Sharrock in 2012 after three women came forward claiming they had been sexually harassed. Now, two years later, Sharrock wants his seat back.

“I was told that I qualified. I was not charged with anything, I was not found guilty of anything. I had not done anything wrong, therefore I can run for this seat again,” he added.

But Steve Cooper disagrees and says Sharrock's name shouldn't be on the ballot.

“There are certain things that automatically disqualify you. One is being found guilty of maleficence or illegal misconduct in office, which Mr. Sharrock was found guilty of,” Cooper said.

Cooper is challenging the decision by the election superintendent and wants the case to be reviewed.

“Here's a man wanting to be a law maker in this city, who's really guilty as a law breaker and Judge Wood affirmed that and I think that's just wrong,” Cooper said.

Sharrock says the decision should be left up to Fort Oglethorpe voters.

“Let the citizens tell me. If they want it like this, then fine, I'll go home. But I want to citizens to stand up and tell me not these people,” Sharrock said.

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