A Taylor city council member has sued to get the name of his opponent off the May 11 ballot.
District 4 candidate Scott Green does not live in the district, which violates residency requirements, according to the lawsuit Council Member Chris Osborn filed Thursday at Texas Third Court of Appeals.
Candidates are required to live for six months in the district they are running in prior to filing for election. Green told the American-Statesman that he is eligible to run for the council seat.
Green filed a homestead application with the Williamson County Appraisal District claiming that a house outside District 4 was his primary residence in 2011 and 2012, according to the lawsuit.
A “statement of residence” Green submitted to the Williamson County elections division during early voting for the November elections also showed his house was not within District 4, the lawsuit said.
Green told the Statesman Friday that he lived in a house in District 4 on Speegle Street from 1994 until February 2010 when he moved to his grandmother’s house to take care of her. After she died in February 2012, he bought her house on Great Basin Drive, which is not in District 4. Green said he claimed that home as his homestead because his lender required him to do it.
He said he has moved back to his house on Speegle Street at least six months ago. Green also said he had to present his driver’s license — which listed his address at his grandmother’s house outside District 4 — to vote on Oct. 22.
Green said he did not consider his grandmother’s home his primary residence at the time he voted, “nor did I during at least the six months prior to my filing for election.”