UPDATE: Roberts Allowed To Remain On District 81 Ballot
Both House Republican candidates react to the ruling.
A residency challenge in the state House District 81 GOP primary has failed, allowing Carla Roberts to remain on the ballot.
Roberts' opponent, fellow Republican Chris Boedecker, was seeking to have Roberts disqualified from the ballot by arguing she was not a legal resident of the district.
A ruling issued on Friday, July 6, by the Office of State Administrative Hearings, ruled that Roberts is a legal resident, and thus allowed to seek the seat.
"In open court, Mr. Boedeker admitted to hiring a private investigator, sending people by my house, snooping through details of my personal life and even getting into my water bills," Roberts said. "He ignored the law, ignored the facts, and acted like a schoolyard bully.
"Mr. Boedeker owes the people of this district, my family, and especially my daughter, an apology for refusing to campaign on the issues and instead trying to bully and intimidate a female candidate with his unsettling and bizarre behavior.”
"Although I disagree with the judge's ruling, I am happy for the voters to make this decision," Boedecker said. "I believe they will chose the candidate who has made ethics reform a top priority - the only candidate to sign the bipartisan pledge to support ethics reform - over one whose own residence leads to questions about her real sincerity and motivations in running for this office."
The court order described Roberts’ testimony as “credible,” and “…proved, by a preponderance of the evidence, that she resides in House District 81 and has resided in the district since before November 6, 2011.”
Boedecker charged that, as of June 1, 2012, Roberts declared a homestead exemption for 2832 Hawthorne Drive, which is just outside of the district's new boundaries. He asserted Roberts has failed to make her Rose Ridge address her permanent home for at least one year before the election.
Both Republicans are vying for the chance to unseat incumbent Democrat Scott Holcomb in November.