Political newcomer Danny Seifried's candidacy challenged in race against Rep. Koenig

04/21/2016 10:32 AM

UPDATED: Republican voters in the northern Kentucky 69th District will decided the next state representative in the GOP primary, but one candidate is currently undergoing a court challenge to prove his eligibility to hold the office.

A suit was filed in Boone Circuit Court on Tuesday by Erlanger resident Lucy Riffle, claiming political newcomer Danny Seifried has not lived in the district long enough to qualify to be the representative of the district.

According to a court filing, Seifried voted in the General Election on Nov. 3, 2015 as a resident of Rose Petal Dr. in Florence, outside of the 69th House district. A voter registration form submitted as evidence in the filing, shows a new address for Seifried of Palmetto Ct. in Florence, which is within the district. That form is dated Dec. 4, 2015.

The suit seeks to prove that Seifried moved after Nov. 9, which would make him ineligible to compete in the race, as he would not have lived in the 69th House District for one year prior to the election, as the Constitution requires.

The General Election is Nov. 8, 2016.

Seifried did not discuss the court fling, but called into question the timing of the allegation and connected the challenger to incumbent Rep. Adam Koenig of Erlangern, who he faces in the May 17 primary.

“This really is just a ploy by a career politician trying to ensure he stays in office, and it really honestly is just distracting the voters for something that’s happening less than a month away,” Seifried said.

In a statement, Koenig said that “ever since the campaign began, people have been telling me [Seifried] wasn’t qualified to run.”

“Up until recently my opponent has been a registered Democrat,” Koenig said. “Now, as you look at his voter registration records, it does not look like he meets the qualifications of the office under Section 32 of the Kentucky Constitution. It is important to ensure that he meets the qualifications of the office.”

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.



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