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Ray City man files residency challenge

A former Berrien County investigator says a city councilman doesn't live in the city anymore and should resign or be forced from office.

Tonie Bennefield filed a formal residency challenge against Charles Wright.

Bennefield says Wright moved out of his Ray City home and is living with his wife in Lakeland, Lanier County.

He is still listed as the owner of a home on Webb Street in Ray City.

"Part of our charter says you have to live here in order to be an elected official here and when he no longer lives here, he should give up his seat to represent the people," said Bennefield.

"I don't own property in Lanier County," said Wright. "My property is in Berrien County for the past 50 years or more that's where I live. That's what I own and that's where I be when I'm ready."

The challenge will be presented to the board of registrars by the supervisor of elections Thursday.

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