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AG candidate Sheldon may have to defend residency in court

Published:   |   Updated: August 8, 2014 at 05:11 PM

A Miami lawyer is challenging the residency of George Sheldon, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, saying he’s ineligible to hold office.

Jessica A. Elliott filed her complaint Thursday in Leon County circuit court, online dockets show.

In that filing, Elliott says she’s calling out Sheldon because he did not live in Florida for the entire seven years before election, as required by the state constitution.

She’s suing now, her complaint says, “to ensure that the Democratic Party’s nominee for Attorney General is constitutionally eligible to assume office and is not subject to a successful post-election contest based on ineligibility.”

Sheldon said he hadn’t received a copy of the suit and could not comment. He added, however, he would welcome a court’s determination of his qualifications.

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