Court to decide if candidate is eligible to run in Knox County

Court to decide if candidate is eligible to run in Knox County

Shelley Breeding Shelley Breeding

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The Knox County Election Commission voted Thursday to petition the courts on Shelley Breeding's eligibility as a candidate for the new District 89 seat in the Tennessee House.

The dispute has been over where Breeding lives. According to maps forwarded by state and county election officials, her house sits just outside the Knox County line.

Breeding says she's a resident of Knox County and should be able to run.

The state coordinator of elections says Breeding is not a Knox County resident because she pays property taxes to Anderson County.

"It's sad because it puts off the campaign," Breeding said after the vote Thursday. "But it's also sad because it costs taxpayers thousands of dollars to go through a lawsuit that Knox County doesn't need. We've had enough law suits in Knox County."

Knox County election officials are seeking declaratory judgment action. The case will be heard in chancery court.

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