Appeal denied in Shelley Breeding residency dispute

Appeal denied in Shelley Breeding residency dispute

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Shelly Breeding (file) Shelly Breeding (file)

6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Tennessee Court of Appeals has denied an appeal by a would-be candidate trying to run for Knox County's new House seat.

The court refused to overturn a lower court ruling that Shelley Breeding is an Anderson County resident and therefore is ineligible to enter the August 2 Democratic primary for state representative in District 89.

Hamilton County Chancellor Frank Brown issued an opinion in May that sided with county election administrators. They found that Breeding is not a Knox County resident because her house sits just outside the county boundary line.

In making the ruling, the appeals court justices said Breeding failed to produce credible evidence showing her house was in Knox County.

"It is unfortunate that the court has denied my eligibility to run for state representative for District 89," Breeding said in a statement. "I have considered myself a Knox County resident for many years and my actions support that. I'm considering appealing this decision to the Tennessee Supreme Court."

"Of course, my residency was never questioned until I decided to run for office," Breeding added. "If I am not allowed to run, whoever wins the Republican primary will not have any competition. This ruling essentially denies the voters of District 89 the right to choose between differing viewpoints on issues relevant to them."

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