Chatter: Horlander residency challenged; Judge will wait until after the Election to rule on Thieneman's residency

11/03/2012 01:13 PM

Another legislative candidate from Jefferson County faces a challenge to his residency. This time it’s a longtime incumbent House Democrat.

Rep. Dennis Horlander, D-Shively, will have to defend whether he still lives in the 40th state House District that he has represented since 1996.

Horlander’s only opposition in Tuesday’s election is write-in candidate James Frederick Howland. But a lawsuit, which was filed late Friday, asks that Horlander’s name be stricken from the ballot on Tuesday.

The“Courier-Journal”:|head first reported the suit late Friday night and that Horlander released a statement saying he has lived in the district since 1978 “at my residence on Farnsley Road … and I look forward to the honor of serving the people of my district.”

The lawsuit alleges that Horlander currently resides at a house in Bullitt County – outside of the Shively-based district.

Judge will wait to decide Thieneman’s political fate in residency lawsuit

Meanwhile, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Charles Cunningham has decided to wait until after Election Day to rule on the residency of Republican Senate candidate Chris Thieneman.

Thieneman is running to unseat Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, in the 37th Senate District that covers south Louisville. Thieneman, a commercial developer, has maintained a large fundraising lead on the incumbent.

WFPL first reported the judge’s decision to wait on Friday. And the station reported that Cunningham told both sides he needed more time but expressed concern over Thieneman’s judgement.

“At a minimum, one could reasonably question whether a candidate so oblivious to, or unconcerned about, the rules has removed himself from consideration of becoming one of 38 persons who will help make the rules in the Commonwealth for the next several years as a senator,” Judge Cunningham wrote.

WFPL reports that the judge has asked the Jefferson County Board of Elections to not certify the results of Tuesday’s Election until notice from the court, and the radio station later reported that Thieneman held a press conference Saturday saying he can provide definitive proof he lives in the 37th District.

Nick Storm

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