On Thursday, a judge decided that next week’s primary election in District 59 can go ahead as planned, and the court can revisit the dispute over candidate Tally Reed’s residency, if need be, at a later date.
Republican critics say Reed does not even live in Berkeley County, where District 59 is located. Reed is trying to win that primary race over former Republican Delegate Larry Kump. Court petitioners say Reed and her husband own a home in Berkeley County, but actually live in a house in Morgan County which is outside of District 59.
“It’s the right thing to do. We have a candidate that clearly does not like in the district. As a matter of fact, I would call it a charade. Ironically, I went to school with her, and she lives seven miles up the road from where she’s claiming to live. All the documentation proves as much,” said Berkeley County Del. Mike Folk.
WDVM reached out to Reed for comment, but did not hear back before the broadcast.