Residency questions cloud Koenig-Seifried 69th district race

05/02/2016 05:50 PM

FLORENCE – 69th District State Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, faces a challenger in the Republican primary as he tries to earn a sixth term in office, in 23-year-old market analyst Danny Seifried, but it is still to be determined in Boone Circuit Court whether Seifried has lived in the district long enough to be eligible to run for the seat.

A suit was filed by Erlanger resident Lucy Riffle on April 19 claimed Seifried has not lived in the district long enough to qualify to be the representative of the district.

Seifried, would not comment on the court case, saying only that “I firmly believe that I met every constitutional requirement in the Kentucky Constitution under Section 32.” Seifried added, “we will have a decision by May 17 and I’m confident that it will be a good decision.”

To be eligible, Seifried had to have been living at his current residence in the district no later than November 9, 2015.

Koenig contends that there is proof that Seifried did move into the district until after that date.

“We’ve filed papers in Boone County that shows that he was previously registered to vote at the house he grew up in with his mother in another legislative district and we’ve shown that he has a lease that said he could move in on November 16,” Koenig said. “We are anxious to have a judge move forward and hear it, and get it out of the way one way or the other.”

Koenig, who has served since January 2007, touts his experience as a reason why voters should return in office.

“I’m a proven conservative leader, not just in Frankfort, but previously in my time as Kenton County commissioner and even on Villa Hills City Council,” Koenig said. “A long time ago, even before my opponent made it into school, I was voting to lower taxes on Villa Hills City Council.

Seifried contends that he is the true conservative in the race and contends that Koenig’s voting record does not always align with conservative beliefs.

“All of his votes have been in line with the House Democrats,” Seifried said. “Experience does matter, but conservative experience matters.”

The winner of the primary will win the seat since no Democrats have filed to run in the primary.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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