Mark Hamilton's Home in question

Someone is lying it appears.  It is either Pastor Mark Hamilton, candidate, for Spokane City Council or it is his handyman.  However, I don’t know what motivation George White would have for lying and a church member vouches for the laborer’s integrity.

Mark Hamilton’s legal problem

What motivation would Republican Mark Hamilton have for lying?  Well, let’s see.  He is running for Spokane City Council and the law is that he must have lived in he City Ward for which he is running to represent for at least one year.  However, as the Spokane Review notes, utility bills and his handyman George White call that into question.   Mark Hamilton is being challenged in court for his right to appear on the ballot.

The story is also being covered at Spokane Watch which can be found here.

Spokane City Council candidate Mark Hamilton’s residency problems continue.

Two voters in Spokane’s northeast council district filed a lawsuit today claiming that Hamilton’s name should not be allowed on the ballot because he was not a resident of the city or district for a full year previous to filing to run last week.

The Spokane City Charter requires that candidates be resident at least a year before officials file to place their names on the ballot county auditor.

Hamilton, a real estate agent and pastor, bought a dilapidated home at 217 E. Pacific last year in hopes of running for office. His other home is south of city limits. Only he and incumbent Amber Waldref filed to run for the seat
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But handyman George White, who said he was in the home 15 to 20 times from November through early last month, said he never saw a bed or any evidence that Hamilton ever stayed the night. The only person who slept in the home during that period was another man who worked in exchange for being allowed to sleep in an upstairs closet, White said.

Here is another story in the Spokesman on Mark Hamilton and his problems with getting on the ballot.

More doubts are being raised about a Spokane City Council candidate’s eligibility to hold the seat he’s seeking even as he continues to run an active campaign and collect contributions, including from a former state Supreme Court justice.

Mark Hamilton, a pastor and real estate agent, says he’s been living since May at a dilapidated Spokane house he bought that month and declared his official home to meet city residency requirements, even though he voted outside the city in November. Now, utility records and the recollections of a handyman who helped Hamilton fix up the home at 217 E. Pacific Ave. raise additional questions about whether the candidate who still owns a home south of Spokane was actually living inside the city.
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Hamilton told The Spokesman-Review in February that he has spent the majority of his nights since May at the address on Pacific. Hamilton said this week that he stands by that statement, though since that time he probably hasn’t stayed at the home on Pacific as often.

But handyman George White, who said he was in the home 15 to 20 times from November through early last month, said he never saw a bed or any evidence that Hamilton ever stayed the night. The only person who slept in the home during that period was another man who worked in exchange for being allowed to sleep in an upstairs closet, White said.

 

 

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