Thursday, January 08, 2009

Husted's Residency Problem (continued)

Republican Jon Husted, who owns a home in the Kettering area, but lives with his wife and children in Upper Arlington, Ohio, finally went before the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Husted, recently elected as a State Senator, has had his residency called into question.

State Sen. Jon Husted says his official residence is his home in suburban Dayton and that his job working for the state provides an exception to rules governing where a person votes.

The Kettering Republican made the statements when he appeared voluntarily before the Montgomery County Board of Elections yesterday. The board held an administrative hearing to investigate whether Husted lives in the Kettering district -- where he is registered to vote and represents Ohio in the legislature -- or in a home just outside Columbus.

The board asked legal counsel for an opinion on Husted's interpretation of election law, which likely will not come until a Feb. 25 meeting....

He gets an exception to rules????? Is he serious?

The Dayton Daily News has even more information about Husted's "home" in Kettering. According to the article, there was zero water usage for months at the Kettering house, and -----

....Democrats on the board want to hear testimony from two neighbors who contend Husted is rarely home, and want Husted to provide records of electricity usage and the deed for the Jon A. Husted Trust, which owns the Kettering home. Republicans oppose the request for documents and additional testimony. A tie vote over the scope of the investigation nearly sent the matter to Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to resolve, but that was avoided when the board agreed to first get a legal opinion on whether Husted's state job could provide an exception to other provisions of Ohio's residency law.....

....Ohio law requires that legislators live in their districts and those who do not could be required to forfeit the seat. It is up to the Ohio General Assembly to determine if a person meets eligibility requirements for office, according to Kevin Kidder, spokesman for Brunner.

I don't see how Husted deserves an exception. There are no exceptions in the law.
Contact the Montgomery County Board of Elections and offer your opinions:
451 W. Third Street
P.O. Box 8705
Dayton, Ohio 45481-8705

Phone: (937) 225-5656
Fax: (937) 496-7798


Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.