On the eve of the new city of Stonecrest’s first elections, one mayoral candidate is busy clearing his name after residents received a controversial mailer over the weekend.

The flyer compares candidate Charles Hill to Atlanta resident Anthony Hill, a veteran who was fatally shot by DeKalb County police in 2015. The flyer also states that Charles Hill suffers from manic-depressive and bipolar disorder as well as mood swings.

Charles Hill sent out the following statement Sunday:

“There are thousands of people living, here in DeKalb County, who struggle, yet live with mental health issues every day. Some are moms and dads, children, Aunts, and Uncles — some of them are neighbors — and they, like most of us, are good people with good hearts. They are heroes to us, and they should be celebrated, not mocked. On Saturday, March 18, 2017, a mailer was sent to many residents in the new City of Stonecrest, inaccurately portraying Charles Hill as suffering from mental illness. Also, this mailer maliciously includes a naked photo of deceased veteran Anthony Hill and tries to articulate a non-existing link between the two men. We are disgusted that anyone would use a fallen veteran’s image and medical history to augment their chances of winning a public office.

Make no mistake, the person or persons, behind “Blueprint to Reform DeKalb,” the shadowy group with an address that doesn’t exist, and responsible for this flyer, believes their dirty trick would help them score cheap political points by attacking Charles Hill. But by mocking people who live and survive despite mental health struggles, they are attacking all of us — our friends and family members. We want to stress this mailer is totally inaccurate, non-factual, and in no way true. Also, we encourage the people that produced and distributed this deplorable mailer to take into consideration, we are all God’s children and those with mental disabilities or illnesses, especially our veterans, should never be used for political gain.”

A google search of the Blueprint to Reform DeKalb group brings up no further information. No address or phone number for the group is listed on the flyer.

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