The Marion Co. Democrats plan to hold a press conference tomorrow morning on the issue. WTHR is now catching up with the blogs on this story. Mary Milz turns in this lead story tonight, without any attribution to Advance Indiana breaking the story, of course:
There are questions about where a member of the City-County Council lives. By law, all council members must live in the district they represent.
Council member Patrice Abduallah represents the 15th district of Indianapolis. He lives on the western edge of the district on Warman Avenue but his house is on the west side of the street - in the 14th district.
It's a new wrinkle for the City-County Council. The city's own site shows that Abduallah, a Democrat, is represented by a Republican council member.
Abduallah is a first-time councilor representing District 15 on the city's near west side. He's running for re-election unopposed. Technically, He lives in District 14, which is represented by Republican Marilyn Pfisterer, according to candidate forms he signed in January. They show his residence at 1144 N. Warman.
Warman is actually the dividing line between the two districts. Abduallah finds himself living on the wrong side of the street. He's actually just 25 feet from living in the right district. "He would have to be on the east side of Warman to be in 15," said Andy Mallen, election administrator. Mallen says it's all news to him and the county election board.
"In this case the board has not received any challenge at all and in fact, the board's ability to hear such challenges ended in March," said Mallen.
But Abduallah's residency was an issue during the last council meeting when protesters disrupted the mayor's budget address, upset over the income tax hike.
As we talked to Mallen about Abduallah, the councilor walked in, concerned. "I'm devastated by the whole revelation but I don't want to talk about it," he said, adding that he would attempt to straighten things out and his intention to run again in the same district.
While Abduallah declined further comment, documents show he lived on Sheffield when he first ran, which is in district 15. Construction work on that home was stopped by the city for violating building codes.
Deputy Mayor Steve Campbell said over the phone he's not worried about the validity of Abduallah's votes, including the one to raise the county income tax. "There's case law on that," he said.
But there are questions about whether Abduallah can run for re-election.
State law says Abduallah has to resign. County Democrats will hold a news conference Thursday morning to address the questions his residence raises.