Judge disqualifies mayoral candidate in Louisiana over residence issues

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TALLULAH, La. (AP) — A judge is ruling that a man can’t run for mayor in northeast Louisiana because he hasn’t proved that he meets residency qualifications.

KNOE-TV reports a Madison Parish judge on Friday disqualified Antonio Wilson from running for mayor of Tallulah in the October election.

Resident Jann Williams-Buchanan had sued, saying Wilson hadn’t lived in the city for a year, as required under state law.

The lawsuit stated that the residence that Wilson claimed has no running waters. Neighbors told KNOE-TV it was boarded up until recently.

Wilson says he’s been renovating the house and has been staying with relatives elsewhere in Tallulah. He also claims he wouldn’t be a city water customer, regardless of where he’s living, because he regards city water as contaminated.

Wilson says he plans to appeal.

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Information from: KNOE-TV, http://knoe.com

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