Thursday, December 4, 2014

Henry Challenge

The challenge to Mike Henry's residency and its impact on his mayoral candidacy should prove interesting if it turns out he fails to meet the residence requirement of living a year within the city limits prior to the election. That throws the decision about the next mayor into the hands of city government. Does the three member commission follow state law and declare Henry ineligible to run for mayor, essentially handing the position to Jane Adams, unless someone mounts a strong write in campaign? Or does it override the law, as is its option, essentially saying that giving votes a choice is more important that adhering to the residency requirement.

I hope the challenge comes to naught and that Henry is found eligible, simply because it would be easier on the process but I have to admit, 'twould be interesting to see how the Carbondale Election Board would rule.

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