SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – An incumbent state senator has filed suit in Caddo District Court asking that one of his challengers be thrown out of the race due to residency requirements.
In a lawsuit filed early today, state Sen. Greg Tarver, who is running for his third term representing District 39 in the Louisiana Senate, claims outgoing state Rep. Barbara Norton does not live in District 39.
According to the lawsuit, Norton filed her address at a home on Mcalpine Street in District 39. The lawsuit further explains how Norton is not listed as an owner of the home. It says Norton’s name is not on any of the utility bills and also states there is a resident who is registered with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office at the Mcalpine street location.
The lawsuit said Norton has a written lease agreement at a residence at Spyglass Circle, which is not in District 39.
“People are around here trying to decieve the people in district 39. That is not right. They in violation of the law because they singed an affidavit saying they live in district 39,” said Senator Tarver.
“And there will be witnesses showing that she actually lives on Spyglass. Her landlord on Spyglass is going to testify that he rents to Barbara Norton,” said Tarver’s attorney Ron Miciotto.
We reached out to Representative Norton for comment.
She says she has not been served and she is going to continue to campaign and fight for the people of District 39 as she did for district three.
A hearing has been scheduled for Friday morning.
According to Caddo Parish Clerk of Court Mike Spence, the suit is mandated by Louisiana’s election laws to be heard by a judge within four days of the suit being filed.