LANSING, Mich., – Yesterday, the Third Circuit Court in Wayne County ruled unequivocally that Rob Donovic did not meet the requirements laid out in state law for appearing on the ballot as a candidate for State House in District 22. In response, Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes issued the following statement:

“Rob Donovic failed to meet the residency requirements to run for state representative despite swearing he did on a signed affidavit. The Court’s ruling yesterday reaffirms longstanding and widely-known requirements laid out in state law for candidates running for State House. Donovic moved to House District 22 only six days before the filing deadline, in complete disregard for the 30-day residency requirement laid out in state law. It is unclear why Rob Donovic thought he could skirt our state’s election laws when he first filed, and why, after being disqualified, thought the residency rules for every other legislative candidate shouldn’t apply to him. Republican candidates up and down the ticket appear to be adopting a broad strategy of ignoring election laws and then whining to the courts, election officials, and the people of Michigan with excuses when they get caught.”


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