Judge rules Laughridge eligible to run
by Cherokee Tribune
October 17, 2013 11:46 AM | 2583 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A state of Georgia judge has ruled that Matt Laughridge is eligible to run in the Nov. 5 special election to replace Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) in the state Senate.

The Georgia Secretary of State has the final say and the ruling will go to his office.       

Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi of the Georgia Office of Administrative Hearings ruled Thursday morning that  Laughridge, a 25-year-old Bartow County candidate, was legally eligible to seek the office, after Canton resident Garrett Jamieson filed a complaint alleging that his candidacy was in violation of the state's Constitution.

The complaint filed with the Secretary of State's Office in September alleged that Laughridge wasn’t legally eligible because he had not lived in District 14 for a full year, as required by Georgia's Constitution.

Both sides presented their cases to the judge in a hearing in downtown Atlanta last Thursday.

Laughridge testified that he had lived on a house boat in District 14 for almost two years, despite voting in a different district in November 2012.

Jamieson contended that the candidate's true, legal residency couldn't have been on the boat, because the land is owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which does not allow full-time residency on its property.

Laughridge said he found out he wasn't supposed to live on the boat and moved out.
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