PHOENIX - A judge decided Tuesday to let congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick stay on the August ballot, because he ruled she did not lie about living in Tucson.
Her residency wasn't being challenged, because the law says she merely has to be a state resident, not live in the district where she's running.
Instead, her opponents filed a lawsuit saying Kirkpatrick claims to live in Tucson, when she actually resides in Phoenix.
Kirkpatrick says rents an apartment in Tucson and occasionally spends time at her condo in Phoenix.
Her attorneys contend any discrepancy about Kirkpatrick's address on campaign documents doesn't disqualify her from seeking the office.
Kirkpatrick faces former state Reps. Bruce Wheeler and Matt Heinz and others in the Aug. 28 Democratic primary for Congressional District 2.
The Ann Kirkpatrick for Congress campaign released the following statement Tuesday:
Ann Kirkpatrick lives in Tucson in District 2, despite the ridiculous assertions made by Matt Heinz, who lives in District 3. With today's court ruling, all doubts have been put to rest. Given that Heinz is afraid to face Ann in this summer's primary, we understand that he may appeal the ruling.
This is Mr. Heinz's third campaign for Congress, and each one has been marked by dirty tricks, false attacks and failure. We call on him to articulate a positive vision for the issues facing Southern Arizona families, and to stop what the Arizona Daily Star recently called an 'aggravated assault' on his opponents. Democracy is too important to do otherwise.