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Updated: Candidate Harrison: I have a well-oiled machine (but he doesn't live in the district)

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Shawn Harrison, a Republican candidate for the District 60 state House seat, this week is touting his team as a "well-oiled machine" after announcing he had collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot in the August primary. What's he's not touting so much, though, is the fact the he doesn't actually live in the district. When BayBuzz asked him about it, he said: "I live literally about, I would say, 80 yards outside of the district." But, he says, that doesn't impact his ability to represent the area. He did live in the district for 20 years, before moving in 2003. And then he slung a zinger at Republican opponent Trey Stroud: "I wonder how long Mr. Stroud has lived in the district. I think you'll find it's about four years." (BayBuzz couldn't reach Stroud for comment.)

Harrison lives in GOP Rep. Will Weatherford's district, which explains why he chose not to run for that seat. If elected, Harrison said, he will move with his wife and two children into District 60. He said he wants to move anyway now that his children are getting older. "This move is going to happen regardless of politics," he said. "It's time for the Harrison family to get a little more suitable accommodations for teenagers."

Update: Stroud says that Harrison is correct, he has only lived in the district for four years, much less time than Harrison lived there. But Stroud is making Harrison's residence a campaign issue, noting on a handout that lists 10 reasons to vote for him that he actually lives in the district. He characterizes Harrison's run for the seat as a political move, with Harrison choosing to run in a district with an open seat instead of challenging a popular Republican incumbent. 

Janet Zink, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:33pm]

    

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