ST. PETERSBURG — St. Petersburg Chief Assistant Attorney Mark Winn says environmental activist Lorraine Margeson should be allowed to run for the City Council.
Winn issued a memo Thursday detailing how courts would object to Margeson being blocked from challenging council member Jim Kennedy.
As a result of redistricting, Margeson's home was moved recently from District 3 to District 2. She has lived at the same home for 12 years. Margeson filed this week to challenge Kennedy after learning she lives in District 2.
The city charter requires candidates to live in a district for 12 months prior to an election. In this case, the primary is Aug. 27.
Winn's memo says case law shows that "courts look with disfavor at residency requirements that prohibit someone who has lived at the same location from running for office" because of actions beyond their control.
He also stated that someone with legal standing could still challenge the issue in court.