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Sheldon's residency status questioned in AG race

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George Sheldon has spent nine months and raised nearly $300,000 to become Florida's next attorney general.

But now his candidacy is in some doubt because of questions over where he has lived.

"For him to stay in the race, he has to satisfy the legal requirement of being a resident," said his opponent in the Aug. 26 primary, House Democratic Leader Rep. Perry Thurston of Fort Lauderdale. "The residency issue is an issue, based on my reading of the Constitution. I think it raises some serious questions."

According to the Florida Constitution, those running for attorney general must reside in the state the preceding seven years.

From 2011 to October 2013, Sheldon held a $179,000 job at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that required him to live, at least part time, out of state.

Sheldon says there's no problem because he claimed Florida's $50,000 homestead tax exemption for one of his two Tallahassee homes. He said he didn't rent out the home and would visit it periodically. And he kept his voter registration in Tallahassee.

"I was clearly a resident," Sheldon said. "As long as I maintained my residence in Florida, I think I qualify."

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[Last modified: Friday, August 1, 2014 8:52am]

    

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