Almond to Take Office Amid Continuing Controversy

The Town of Mount Gilead will have a new mayor tonight. Plans call for Patty Almond to be sworn in at tonight’s meeting of town commissioners, scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. at the Mount Gilead Fire Department.

In November, Almond won a contentious race against former town commissioner Benjamin Blake, following nearly a year of meetings and hearings over allegations that precinct officials denied some voters the opportunity to cast ballots in the mayoral contest of 2011. In this year’s election, there have been allegations that some local residents provided food, cigarettes and liquor in exchange for votes for Almond.

So far, the only action taken with regard to those allegations is a recommendation from the Montgomery County Department of Social Services that the District Attorney look into the practices of the Tillery Chase Adult Care Home that allowed a resident to be taken to Troy for early voting. Sources have told WMTG that the State Board of Elections and the State Bureau of Investigation have open cases on the situation, but last week the Department of Justice told us that the SBI is not involved.

Meanwhile, Patty Almond told WMTG that she plans to speak tonight about her vision for the town. We will cover the meeting and report tomorrow, and we will air a complete rebroadcast of the remarks in public affairs programming this Saturday morning at 7 and again Sunday night at 9.

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