The state Senate candidate from Cartersville, whose qualification for the District 14 seat is in question, has issued a statement in response.
The Secretary of State’s general counsel is looking into the possibility Matt Laughridge doesn’t meet the residency requirement to qualify for the seat vacated by Barry Loudermilk, who is running for U.S. Congress.
Voting records show Laughridge cast a ballot at the Kingston precinct in District 52 in November 2012, and last month changed his address with the Bartow County Voter Registration and Elections office to a Peeples Valley Road home in District 14.
Laughridge issued Friday this statement:
Questions surrounding my qualifications for the 14th Senate District race are nothing more than a political ploy meant to distract voters from the real issues of this campaign.
There’s an old adage that says, “Home is where you hang your hat,” and Georgia state law agrees. In fact, it clearly states:
“The residence of any person shall be held to be in that place in which such person’s habitation is fixed, without any present intention of removing therefrom…”