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Shelby Co. Commission candidate decertified after residency concerns

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Election commissioner Anthony Tate made the motion to decertify Edith Moore's candidacy Wednesday. Election commissioner Anthony Tate made the motion to decertify Edith Moore's candidacy Wednesday.
When Action News 5 crews went to the address listed on her petition to run, a resident on Gladstone Street said the property had been boarded up for years. When Action News 5 crews went to the address listed on her petition to run, a resident on Gladstone Street said the property had been boarded up for years.

(WMC-TV) - The Shelby County Election Commission decertified a Shelby Co. Commission candidate after questions were raised about her residency in District 6.

Election commissioner Anthony Tate made the motion to decertify Edith Moore's candidacy Wednesday. The election commission voted 4-0, which effectively removed Moore's name from the ballot.

Some residents in the North Memphis area spoke to Action News 5 and said Moore lied about her residency. When Action News 5 crews went to the address listed on her petition to run, a resident on Gladstone Street said the property had been boarded up for years. He said it is littered with trash and graffiti.

Moore said she had power problems so she could not stay in her cold house.

In the hearing Wednesday, an attorney argued Moore's house is a "rehab project" and it is in an advanced state of disrepair.

"I am disappointed because they didn't go and look at the evidence," said Moore.

Neighbors and a sheriff's investigator described the conditions.

"I did not see any personal items at this residence," said Sgt. Brad Less, Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

He said records indicate Moore actually lives in the 3100 block of Mensi Street. That location is not terribly far from the Gladstone Street house, but it in a different county commission district.

Moore said that is her daughter's residency. The election commission says there is a lesson from all this.

"I think you ought to be forthright in telling the election commission where you reside and if you don't habitate someplace, you shouldn't say that you do," said Election Commission chairman Robert Meyers.

Keep in mind, the election commission is not a policing agency. It generally takes candidates at their word unless complaints are filed.

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