Horwitz will not seek re-election after controversyBy Isabella Garrison | 01/11/2017 11:10pm
Kelly Horwitz, a former candidate for the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education, will not run for a seat on the board again, according to The Tuscaloosa News.
Horwitz currently works as a local attorney and served as the board representative for District 4 from 2009 to 2013. Horwitz lost re-election to Cason Kirby in the 2013 municipal election; Kirby will also not seek a second term on the board.
After the 2013 election, Horwitz attributed her 87-vote-loss to voter fraud on Kirby’s part, claiming that Kirby used free drinks, concert tickets and other incentives in exchange for votes. Horwitz also claimed that some voters falsified their residency information.
Horwitz brought a case against Kirby alleging voter fraud. Circuit Judge Jim Roberts dismissed the case on Sept. 6, 2013 on grounds of limited evidence for Horwitz’s claims. The Alabama Supreme Court reversed the decision upon appeal, ruling that 159 ballots should have been thrown out and that the case should be heard again.
On Sept. 27, 2016 Roberts dismissed the case because Horwitz’s legal team was only able to subpoena 40 of the 159 invalid voters and question them in court.
Horwitz intends to continue her work in Tuscaloosa’s education at a more localized level.
After the municipal election on March 7, at least half of the school board will be occupied by new members.