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Lebanon Council Candidate Detained In Georgia Jail

Posted: Updated: Oct 20, 2012 11:02 PM CDT

By Chris Conte

LEBANON, Tenn. - A Lebanon city council candidate is in a Georgia jail after he was extradited by Lebanon authorities following a DUI arrest which later led to the discovery of previous warrants out for his arrest.

"I think character is built up over time.  You build up good character or you build up bad character over time," said Lanny Jewell, who is running against Richard Rogers for Ward One's city council seat.

Richard Rogers' name is still on the ballot in Lebanon. He tried to have it removed, but by that point, the August 23 withdrawal deadline had already passed.

"He could still win," Lanny explains.

Rogers was arrested by Lebanon police for allegedly driving drunk in September. Once they had detained him, it was discovered he had warrants out for his arrest in Cobb County, Georgia. The warrants dated back to 2003 and included reckless driving and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.

Lebanon election officials haven't removed Rogers from the ballot because he still has not been convicted of any felonies.

"Stranger things have happened in politics," Lanny added.

Richard Rogers' Georgia case was placed into a "dead docket" back in 2005, which means he couldn't be located, so the case wasn't active anymore. 

As of Saturday night, Cobb County officials said he was still in jail.

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