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Residency requirement for city office voided

An ousted City Council candidate could get a second chance to run for office after a judge declared Friday that part of the Bonita Springs [Florida] City Charter is unconstitutional.

By requiring candidates to live in their districts for two years before taking office, the charter violates their right to be treated equally, said Lee County Circuit Judge William McIver.

The city's reasons for having the provision -- to ward off carpetbaggers and promote knowledgeable candidates -- are legally insufficient, the judge ruled. -- Judge declares part of city charter unconstitutional (Bonitanews.com)

Thanks to Richard Winger for the link.