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Residency issue resurfaces

May 4, 2006

Albany -- The man who lost his house seat to Representative Freddie Powell Simms, is once again questioning if she lives in the district.

Candidate Lawrence Roberts filed a residency complaint with the Secretary of State's Office. When Simms beat Roberts two years ago, he filed the same complaint, saying Simms lived in Terrell County-- not Albany. Simms contends her Terrell County property is not her primary residence and she lives in an Albany apartment.

The state ruled against Roberts in 2004, and Simms beat Roberts in a run-off.

Now he wants his old District 151 seat back. "The people of House District 151 deserve better," said Roberts. "They deserves a representative that lives in the district and doesn't play hokie-pokie with the domicile rules, acutally living in one county and coming to Albany one a week or month. Then to claim she resides in Albany, Georgia is not the truth."

Simms says she has evidence, such as rent receipts and ultility bills, to prove she lives in the apartment. A hearing date with an administrative law judge is expected soon.

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