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State Rep. Candidate Accuses Opponent of Living Out of District

June 06, 2018 - 9:34 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A candidate running for state representative in the city of St. Louis faces allegations he's not living in the district.

The candidate is Chris Carter, son of the late state senator Paula Carter. Carter's opponent Marissa Brown accuses him not being a proper advocate for the district.

“This is a man that says he want to represent a community, a community he doesn’t even live in, and how is that fair to the citizens, and how do we honestly think that he’ll go up to Jefferson City and represent people well when he isn’t even from the district,” she says.

County records show Carter and his wife Rhonda own a home in Florissant on Jamestown Forest Drive, but when we checked there early in the morning, his daughter says she lives there with her mother and her own son.  And Chris Carter, interviewed later at his office, insists he lives in the city at 5945 Pamplin in the district.

“There’s a situation that going on right now that I’m not going to put that on radio or tv,” he says.

Earlier when we checked the house on Pamplin, Carter wasn't home, but two neighbors say he does live there and they see him often.

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Election Board says it's aware of the allegation against Chris Carter.  Republican Director of Elections Gary Stoff says it's hard to prove where somebody lives.

“Residency is a legal issue that from time to time gets litigated, because you don’t necessarily have to have your head on the pillow at that address every night,” he says.  

Stoff says Chris Carter showed him his driver's license with an address in the city, and the investigation ended there. Stoff says if Marissa Brown wants Carter thrown off the ballot, she'll have to file a lawsuit and get a judge to agree with her.