Georgia Democrats are expressing concern over candidate residency issues, after numerous complaints that politicians don't live in the districts where they are running for office.
Steve Henson, the state Senate Democratic leader, said a residency challenge was filed with the Georgia Secretary of State's office against Senate District 5 candidate Garry Guan.
Guan, a Chinese immigrant who works as a translator and entrepreneur, is challenging incumbent Democrat Curt Thompson for the second time in the western Gwinnett district.
On his qualifying papers, Guan listed an address on Seasons Parkway in Norcross, but Henson said the address on record with the Gwinnett tax commissioner is on Dunwoody Club Drive in Atlanta, which is in Senate District 40. That same Atlanta address is on record for the system where Guan's children attend school, and his business address is also in District 40, a press release said.
Guan did not return a phone call Wednesday seeking comment.
"Georgia law requires candidates for office to have lived in their districts one year in order to be eligible to run for state office," said Henson, whose District 41 includes a portion of Gwinnett. "It troubles me that we have candidates with addresses on qualifying documents that differ from their registered voting address or the address on record with tax commissions."
Henson said he would continue to be involved in reviewing candidate documents.
"Residency requirements for candidates are in place to protect the citizens. It prevents candidates from seeking election to fulfill only personal gain and it helps to ensure that candidates really understand the needs of the district and the people they will represent," Henson said.
Pastor goes to Washington
A Lilburn pastor served this week as a guest chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Rev. Dr. Richard Benjamin Haynes of Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Lilburn was in Washington as a guest of U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall.
"It was a pleasure to host Dr. Haynes up here in Washington, D.C. The spirit and life Dr. Haynes brings to his calling as a pastor can be felt by anyone who meets him," Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, said. "I'm honored to share a beacon of light from the Seventh District of Georgia with the entire U.S. House of Representatives. I thank Dr. Haynes for the good work he has done, and will continue to do, on behalf of his congregation in Georgia. I appreciate his willingness to come and share with us up here in Washington.
Haynes, who serves of the Gwinnett Board of Education's Advisory Board, delivered the morning invocation on the House floor Wednesday, then met with House Speaker John Boehner and Woodall.
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