The question of whether Jeffery Dunn can run for the Third Ward City Council seat may not be answered until the middle of next week, if he appeals today's decision that his April 4 filing was null and void.
As the seven-page decision notes, Dunn can appeal within 12 days of the filing and the final decision must come by three days later. At issue is whether he complied with the city's special charter, which says a council candidate must be a legal voter of the city and must have lived at least one year in the ward or wards to be represented.
As noted in Plaintalker's report on Monday's hearing, Dunn only changed the address on his driver's license and voter registration to 1038 Central Avenue on the morning of April 4. Candidates had to meet a 4 p.m. deadline that day to file for the June 7 primary. Alma Blanco and Charles McRae filed without any objections.
Although he claims to have lived at the Third Ward address since September 2014, Dunn used his office at 320 Park Avenue in the First Ward as his address when voting in both June and November 2015. City Clerk Abubakar Jalloh made public 36 pages of documentation on the matter today, including Dunn's voting record back to 2007. Based on the hearing, Jalloh as the filing officer said today, "I am ruling in favor of the objector, Chairman Adrian O. Mapp, and invalidating the petitions of Jeffery Dunn, and declare him rejected and the nominations null and void."