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Alabama: sleeping on a cot seems to be "residency"

A Daily Mountain Eagle report begins: The Aug. 26 municipal elections in Carbon Hill took more confusing turns Wednesday as one candidate got back in the race, another was disqualified and the mayor said he had called a meeting of all city candidates tonight while he awaits to see which set of ballots he can use.

Former mayor James “Pee Wee” Richardson had announced Monday he was getting out of the race after finding out his permanent residence at 366 Nubbin Ridge Road was just out of the city limits. However, he said he changed his mind Wednesday after reading in the Daily Mountain Eagle that District 4 city council candidate Louie Sandlin had a permanent home outside the city limits on 740 Nix Road and was qualifying by staying two or three nights a week on a cot at his convenience store at 2085 Nauvoo Road.

Richardson said based on Sandlin’s statements in the newspaper, he didn’t realize that the rules would allow living for only a few days a month in the city limits. He said he has been doing that already at his mother-in-law’s residence at 111 4th Ave. NW.

“I have never officially told the city that I was out of it,” Richardson said. “I’m still in the race ... I feel I am just as qualified as (Sandlin) is.” -- Richardson back in race for CH mayor; Beasley disqualified

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