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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Twenty-nine candidates were challenged at Tuesday morning's election board meeting - a little more than normal.
"After our filing deadline for candidates, any registered voter that lives in the district of those candidates can file a challenge if they find that there is a reason that a candidate may not be eligible, and it is a high number. it is unusual that we have that many challenges. The board reviewed every one of those. many of those were on the same grounds," Director Beth Dlug said.
One of the candidates is drawing concern, Eric Tippmann, who is now running for city council. Evidence was provided to the board that Tippmann has intentions on moving back to his Perry Township home.
"The board decided after reviewing the evidence and the law that they really didn't have the jurisdiction to make a ruling on this at this time because the actual statute says that a trustee has to live in the township that they're the trustee of is actually not an election code, but a code that is separate from elections," Dlug explained.
This means there will be a possible hearing in court to decide what happens next. Tippmann is making it clear that he will move back to his Perry Township home once the tenants are out.
"I intended to move back as soon as possible the tennant bought a new home in December. He's renovating it. He's had some setbacks. It happens. He's one of the best doctors in the area. I'm not going to put him and his family out on the street," Tippmann said.
As far as possibly going to court, he's not worried.
"We did our due diligence before I moved in fact. We looked at case laws, we looked at what Evan Bayh has done. We looked at all these cases that have gone to the limit and we said 'That survived the residency challenge?' We're pretty good," he added.