Mike Beeles is a republican candidate for state senator. He says he has evidence the incumbent, Brent Waltz, doesn't live in the district he serves.
Waltz says the evidence was gathered illegally by stalking.
Mike Beeles says State Senator Brent Waltz's condominium in Greenwood is vacant.
"You can actually see through the back porch, when the sun is hitting it. That it is empty. There were two, what looked like two office chairs in what looked like the dining room. The rest of the place was pretty much empty," Beeles said.
He's even gathered his own evidence to present to the Indiana Election Commission.
He says he's known for years the Senator did not live in the condo.
"I used a ladder, we were maybe 10 feet back from the apartment complex and I just basically held up a camera and took a couple shots," Beeles said.
That method bothers Waltz and he plans to file a restraining order against Beeles
"This is a very stressful time of year anyways to be able to have this additional pressure of always having to look over your shoulder or look out your window to see who may be peering in it is a distraction," Waltz said.
24-Hour News 8 asked Beeles if he thought it was weird at all to go up a ladder to look into a window with a camera.
"Look into a vacant building that you know and it's been confirmed it's vacant for evidence. It's the same as a private investigator would do," Beeles answered.
The Indiana Election Commission will listen to the allegations in a couple weeks.
Beeles says he will present concrete evidence that Waltz can not disregard.
"He states that he has documentation. I can get documentation with that address. I mean documentation is nothing," Beeles said.
"I lead a fairly erratic lifestyle in terms of my timing it's not uncommon for me to come home very late at night and leave very early in the morning," Waltz said.
Beeles plans to file for candidacy on Tuesday.
Residency challenges have proven very hard to win in Indiana. Nonetheless, it doesn't look good when the supposed neighbors of a state senator don't see him coming and going on a day-to-day basis. I wonder if it isn't a mistake for Waltz to raise the stalking claim. Won't it just draw more attention to the story just as it has obviously done with this news report?