FOREST PARK — Voters in Ward 3 are waiting for a determination on whether candidate Patricia Manley is qualified to remain on the Nov. 5 City Council ballot. Election Superintendent Lois Wright said last week a decision would come either Monday or Tuesday. However, as of Tuesday afternoon, no decision had been announced.
The incumbent, Councilwoman Sandra Bagley, claimed Manley was evicted from the Evelyn Drive house that Manley listed as her home address on qualifying documents.
A hearing on the matter, originally scheduled for Sept. 12, was postponed when Manley was a no-show.
On Sept. 13, Bagley presented evidence at a 10-minute hearing that Manley had been evicted from the address listed on her qualifying documents. This included:
a Sept. 6 e-mail from Manley’s landlord, House Edge LLC, stating “She was evi♦ cted in July of this year — see court documents attached. See also text message history. Her move out date looks like it was July 17, 2019”;
♦ A notice from Clayton County Magistrate Court of an eviction case scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 8 in Courtroom 201;
♦ Manley’s answer filed June 27 at 12:34 p.m., stating that “The Plaintiff is not entitled to evict me or secure a money judgment because I will pay the rent” and noting her Evelyn Drive address.
Manley, in turn, presented current utility bills for that address, in her name, according to Wright, who added that Manley appeared to be living at that address as of Friday morning.
Manley told the News the text messages Bagley presented were not a complete sequence and that she had fallen behind on the rent because she had to be hospitalized after her appendix burst. During that time, she said she received help from 1000 Main St. and St. Philip Benizi Church, which paid her rent directly to the landlord.
Manley said she holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in business from Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom. She also said she has worked for many years as a consultant with two businesses, Sublime Business Consulting and 77 Heaven Inc., writing grants for nonprofits, and that she works for the Chime Solutions call center at Southlake Mall in Morrow.
“I’ve worked with plenty churches,” she told the News. “Churches in Brunswick, Kingsland, St. Marys, south Florida, yes ma’am. I’ve been doing this a very long time. I have a doctorate in business.”
Brunswick-based Sublime Business Consulting’s business license was administratively dissolved in 2015 and Stone Mountain-based 77 Heaven Inc.’s was administratively dissolved in 2016, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s online business registration.
Manley said she had had a dispute with her landlord over clogged pipes and a painted bathtub, yet kept paying the rent. Asked why she had not moved to another home in Ward 3, Manley said she was trying to get the money together to do so.
“Like I said, still trying to get myself together from being sick, it just made more sense to stay where I was,” Manley said. Despite her financial hardships, Manley said she is running her own campaign and that she has spent $300 on box fans for senior citizens in Ward 3.
Manley also said someone came to her door Friday morning to see if she lived there.
“I come to the door, and they come to the door, ‘Um, do Pat Manley live here?’ I said, ‘I am Pat Manley.’ And they just kind of looked, ‘Oh, um, we was just — I don’t know why we’re here.’ And they they just walked off. And got in their vehicle.”
Manley also claimed a mysterious flower arrangement from “Jack Palace” had been delivered to her house.
“I am so sick of this,” Manley said.