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UPDATED ON 6: Bond Granted, Posted for Richmond County BOE Candidate

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***UPDATED at 1:16 P.M. on Tuesday, May 13th***

Richmond County BOE Candidate Posts Bond After Beating Arrest
A Richmond County Board of Education candidate accused of beating his adult daughter is now back at home.

James Swanagan was granted $5,000 bond in court Monday afternoon.

He's accused of beating his 29-year-old daughter, Kimberly Swanagan, with a belt in his driveway.

Swanagan is running for the District 9 seat on the Richmond County BOE.

That election is in November.


***POSTED at 7:48 P.M. on Monday, May 12th***

WJBF News Channel 6 was the only station in the courtroom for James Swanagan's first appearance after his arrest.

The District 9 School Board candidate explained to the judge why he should be granted bond.

Swanagan said, "I'm also running for Richmond County school board, district number nine, so I will not flee. If you release me, I have community ties. I've been here since 1989."

Swanagan is accused of beating his 29 year-old daughter Kimberley.

We went to his Hephzibah home, but nobody answered.

His campaign sign sits in the front yard, just steps from where deputies say the beating happened.

According to the incident report, Swanagan was holding his daughter by the hair in his driveway, beating her with a belt.

"He's the type of person who is fundamental in his beliefs. Very firm," said Yolanda Brown. She has worked with Swanagan for four years.

In the incident report, Swanagan admits to hitting his daughter first due to her being disrespectful to him. 

Brown said, "He had the same type of upbringing I've had, as a matter of fact, where you know to respect your parents. You go in someone's home or whatever it is, you always respect the person you're in the company of."

Swanagan was arrested once before for theft back in 1991.

The Judge set his bond at $5,000.

Brown and others support his bid for a school board seat.

"We do know his character. We do know that we want something changed in our school board system. So I do pray that he comes out well," said Brown.

WJBF News Channel 6 has been told Swanagan can still run for the District 9 school board seat.

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