Judge rules Melton returned to ballot

JACKSON, MISS (WDAM) - Jones County Circuit Court Judge Bily Joe Landrum has ruled Jackson Mayor Frank Melton cannot be denied certification as a candidate for reelection.

Melton was removed from the ballot by the Hinds County Democratic Election Committee claiming Melton filed homestead exemption in Texas and was not a resident.

Landrum said the Supreme Court allows that homestead exemption claims be disputed as a requirement for residency under a 1996 ruling.

Landrum has ordered Melton returned to the ballot.