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Council member raises eligibility concerns in Bessemer election


Ian Minielly/Daily Globe

LINDA NELSON, current member of the city council and declared write-in candidate for the November city council election, dropped a residency requirement bombshell on the council Monday. Nelson provided the city's charter and other supporting documentation regarding a two-year residency requirement for someone to run for city office in Bessemer. If this is upheld, the residency requirement would invalidate the candidacy of at least three of the current candidates for office, leaving only four on the ballot.


BESSEMER - During the New Business segment of Monday's city council meeting in Bessemer, Linda Nelson produced a copy of Chapter Three of the city's charter regarding eligibility for office. The charter states, "No person shall be eligible to any elective office of the city unless he shall be an elector in the city and shall have been a resident of the city for at least two years immediately prior to the date of the election at which he is a candidate for office."

To further substantiate the claim a person must be a two-year resident before runni...

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