NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Board of Elections has received an official challenge to Melissa Gott's residency.
Members of the New Hanover County Republican Party chose Gott earlier this month to fill a now-vacant seat on the county's board of commissioners as a replacement for former chairman Ted Davis. However, county commissioners recently delayed a decision on voting for Gott as a replacement after questions arose about the recommended replacement's residency.
Justin LaNasa turned in paperwork around 3 p.m. Thursday saying that Gott was not a resident of the county or the precinct that she was voting in.
LaNasa is a county resident, but also a candidate for Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor.
Gott has said that she lives in a two-bedroom house on Chestnut Street with her husband and two children. She also says that she owns property in Brunswick County, and that a second house in Leland is used only as a second home.
The next step will be to hold a preliminary hearing, where LaNasa will have to produce evidence to prove his case to the Board of Elections.
If the BOE finds enough evidence, they can then move forward with a full hearing.
Gott is an attorney who served on the county's planning board.
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