Lieutenant Governor Candidate's Residency Challenged in Court Hearing

MAY 9, 2006 - Posted at 3:11 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Bill Halter argued in court today that though he has lived in though he has lived in various places over the years, he has always been a resident of Arkansas.

The hearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court this morning was over a challenge to Halter's candidacy filed by a Hot Spring County man who says Halter doesn't meet the constitutional requirements to be lieutenant governor.

Bismark boat salesman John Mark Clement sued last week to have Halter scratched from the list.

Halter and his attorneys argued that Halter has kept his voter registration in Arkansas and has maintained an Arkansas driver's license.  They also argued that the state constitution does not indicate whether a lieutenant governor must be a resident for seven years immediately preceding an election.

Halter is a former Clinton administration official who is running as a Democrat for lieutenant governor.

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