Roberts Responds to Residency Challenge

Carla Roberts is a candidate for House District 81 in the Republican Primary. Her opponent is a guy named Chris Boedeker, who has filed a residency challenge against Mrs. Roberts, accusing her of not living where she says she lives. Boedeker cites as evidence a DeKalb County homestead exemption from DeKalb County. (Side note to Mr. Boedeker: You shouldn’t trust property tax records, especially ones from DeKalb County.)

Roberts response is:

 “For the record: I live at 3297 Rose Ridge in unincorporated DeKalb County. I have lived in DeKalb County for more than 20 years, I’ve lived in this community for 11 years, and I am fully qualified to be a candidate for the 81st district in the State House of Representatives. The accusation that I don’t live where I live is especially galling from a man who moved to this County less than a year ago and doesn’t even own property in DeKalb.”

Those of you who believe that homestead exemption is the deciding factor in determining residency need to remember a few facts. Like the Powell case from 2008 where a homestead exemption question could not keep a candidate off the ballot. Or the Williams case from 2004 where a homestead exemption question could not keep a candidate off the ballot.

And candidates would do well to remember the Fayette County case of Rick Viall and Dan Lakly, who had such nasty primary fight over residency and property taxes in a State House race that voters got sick of both of them and elected Kathy Cox.

We all know how that turned out.  The incumbent lost to someone who was smarter than a fifth grader.

The winner of this primary is going to have her or his hands full with incumbent Rep Scott Holcomb. It seems like a decent waste of time to spend the brief period allotted to the primary questioning where someone lives based solely on an errant homestead exemption, especially given the above citations.

Though I haven’t met Mr. Boedeker, I have met Mrs. Roberts.  I can assure you that she’s no Keith Gross.   As an Emory/Grady surgeon, I also find her smarter than a fifth grader.  Or at least smart enough to know where she lives.

One comment

  1. saltycracker says:

    I have no dog in this hunt but have to chuckle with the double speak between residence and homestead and living where.
    Her explanation is she lives in the district (now) – Rose Ridge – & has lived in DeKalb for 20 yrs.(street/district ?) to obfuscate the accusation.

    The law says if you own it 1/1 you are eligible for homestead exemption and: “To be granted a homestead exemption, a person must actually occupy the home, and the home is considered their legal residence for all purposes.”

    She can certainly call either or both homes her “occupied” residence but the one she homesteads is the legal residence for all purposes. Any of us owning two or more homes and our CPA’s are acutely aware of this & filing more than one homestead exemption is illegal.

    “errant” would have to be a total screw up on DeKalb’s part from the exemption on record not one that a filer got “confused” on. That’d be easy to clear up.

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