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Should LD13 Foreigner Darin Mitchell Be on the Ballot?

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Legislative District 13 voters will be able to vote for GOP state House candidate Darin Mitchell, despite the fact that a judge ruled he doesn't live in the district.

He didn't contest the part about not living in the district -- some of the evidence can be found in the lawsuit, here -- Mitchell's attorneys fought the procedure of the lawsuit before a panel of appeals-court judges, which decided to keep him on the ballot.

See also:
-Court Lets LD13 Foreigner Darin Mitchell Stay on Ballot
-Judge Rules Pretending to Live at Buddy's House Doesn't Count as Residency

Mitchell already got enough votes in the primary to land on general election ballots in Legislative District 13, along with his running mate, state Representative Steve Montenegro.

But one of Mitchell's alleged "neighbors" told the Arizona Capitol Times that she saw Mitchell claimed to live on her street in Litchfield Park, and she'd never seen him before, let alone anyone else living in the vacant house.

According to county property records, the house in question is owned by Theresa Koontz, who was later discovered to be the manager of Mitchell's campaign committee. She's also donated cash to Montenegro's campaign, according to campaign filings.

Mitchell even told media members that he actually lives with his girlfriend in Avondale, in Legislative District 19, but used both addresses in various filings with the Secretary of State's Office.

The law seems to be pretty clear that Mitchell can't serve in the Legislature, even if he gets the most votes, but should he even be on the ballot?

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