Breeding Candidacy Headed to Court? (Democrats Cry Foul)

A court needs to decide the legal residency of state legislative hopeful Shelley Breeding, a state election official has advised the Knox County Election Commission, reports Jim Balloch.
A letter to the commission, state Election Coordinator Mark Goins expressed several doubts about Breeding’s eligibility to run in Knox County. (Note: full text of letter HERE.)
But Goins concluded that since the issue is likely to land in court anyway, it is better for a judge to decide it now instead of later.
Breeding, a Democrat, has petitioned to run from the newly created 89th state House District, which lies entirely in Knox County. But part of her residential property — including her dwelling — is in Anderson County.
The Knox County Election Commission should petition a court for a declaratory judgment on the issue now, Goins said. The commission has scheduled a meeting for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, to discuss the issue.
Breeding could not be reached for comment, but she has previously vowed to challenge any denial of a place on the ballot.
“Under these circumstances, it is better to receive the court’s guidance on the front end of the issue,” Goins said in a four-page letter that cited case law and a number of issues relating to residency.
Breeding’s mailbox and driveway are in Knox County, but her house is entirely in Anderson County, said Knox County Election Coordinator Cliff Rodgers

And, this from the state Democratic party on the matter:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Democratic Party spokesman Brandon Puttbrese issued a statement in response to the state election coordinator’s letter urging the Knox County Election Commission to contest the qualifying petition of Democratic candidate Shelley Breeding in court:
“As if it is not shameful enough that Republicans are working overtime to block a woman from running for office, they are also preparing to waste thousands of taxpayers’ dollars in defense of their blatant overreach,” Puttbrese said. “Shelley Breeding’s address is in Knoxville. Her voter registration is in Knox County. She was even summoned to jury duty in Knox County. The gig is up. Voters are responsible for determining the outcome of elections — not Republican bureaucrats. This is nothing more an attempt to rob voters of their right to choose their leaders.”

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