Democratic state Senate candidate Valerie Jordan will remain on the 2022 ballot. The North Carolina State Board of Elections voted 3-2 that Jordan does meet residency requirements for her to run for North Carolina Senate in District 3.
Jordan’s residency was challenged by Republican opponent Bobby Hanig. Hanig was recently appointed to the Senate seat in District 3 and is running to maintain his new-found position.
Jordan provided the State Board of Elections with ample evidence, which included tax documents and voter registration records listing a Warrenton address where she has lived since December 2020. Jordan explained that she spent nights in Raleigh for shorter work commutes, taking care of loved ones, and resting after the long primary election cycle.
The North Carolina law states that legislative candidates are required to have lived in the district they’re seeking to represent for at least one year prior to the general election. A law that Valerie Jordan has not violated simply by staying overnight in Raleigh to care for loved ones and to shorten her commute.
WRAL quoted Jordan as saying, “I’m glad that Bobby Hanig’s political theater is behind us now, and I look forward to continuing to talk to voters in this district,” she wrote. “They deserve a leader who will fight for them, not someone who wastes their time playing politics.”
This unfounded challenge is just another example of how far Republicans will go in order to ensure a win. Rather than rely on voters to choose the best candidate, politicians like Bobby Hanig choose to harass opponents and create chaos to confuse the public and avoid taking a stance on issues.