A Shelbyville man accused of forging signatures on his petition to run for city councilman had his first court date set.
Jimmy Neal Anderton, 44, of Highland Court, will appear on Jan. 3 before Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell following his arraignment on Friday.
Anderton was barred from seeking the city council position after Bedford County election officials discovered he had allegedly forged 14 of the 25 signatures on his qualifying petition.
The charge is a Class D felony and officials have said a first offender will not be likely to face jail time.
Anderton was hoping to run in Ward 1 against incumbent Jo Ann Holland and challenger Henry Feldhaus, who won the election last week. He is free on $3,000 bond.