2005-06-07 23.58.22Conservative candidate Mark Hamilton is finding out that there is more to winning and loosing elections that just the vote count on election day.  Often times it comes down the details of the law.   In fact, Hamilton could lose his race for the Spokane City Council against sitting Councilwomen Amber Waldref months before the first ballots are mailed.  It looks like Mark Hamilton is not a legal resident of the City Ward in which he is running to represent.

The picture to the right is the house in which Mark Hamilton is presently residing. The problem for him is that he has only been there for a few months . . . not long enough to meet the eligibility requirements to run for office.  (The story is also being covered at EWPolitics on this page).

A candidate for Spokane City Council who already has the backing of two other elected leaders may be ineligible to run.

Mark Hamilton, the pastor of the former Spokane Christian Fellowship and a real estate broker for Soleil Real Estate, was registered to vote at an address outside city limits when he cast a ballot in November’s general election, which could complicate his efforts to assert he meets residency requirements.

The Spokane City Charter requires candidates to live within the city at least a year prior to filing for office. Candidates for this year’s municipal elections will file in May, so they must have been city residents at least since May 2012.

(Updated May 31)

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