BURLINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A judge has thrown the Libertarian candidate for county attorney of Boone County off the ballot because he isn’t licensed to practice law in Kentucky.
According to the Kentucky Enquirer (https://cin.ci/1AKKVDR ), Libertarians have put six candidates on local ballots in Northern Kentucky this year, and at least two face legal challenges.
In the Boone County case, Joseph Szeremet argued that the Kentucky Constitution only requires county attorneys to have two years of experience as a lawyer, not a current law license. Szeremet said he was a licensed attorney for 32 years in Michigan but retired 10 years ago.
Circuit Court Judge Gregory Bartlett ruled against him Friday, saying his candidacy was “an absurdity.”
Szeremet said he is considering an appeal.
In Kenton County, Clerk Gabrielle Summe claims that challenger Christopher Robinson hasn’t lived in Kentucky long enough.
The Kentucky Constitution requires someone running for a county office to have lived in the state at least two years and in the county where he or she wants to hold public office for at least one year.
Summe, in her lawsuit, says Robinson listed his home in Cincinnati on an application for a United States Housing and Urban Development Department grant in June 2013. The suit also says Robinson had a Virginia driver’s license up until January 2014, when he obtained a Kentucky license to register to vote.
Robinson claims he’s lived in Covington since May 2012. He said the address in Cincinnati is his grandmother’s. He also said he didn’t change his driver’s license until this year because he doesn’t drive.
Kentucky Libertarian Party Chairman Ken Moellman said he knows Robinson has been living in Covington because Moellman has picked Robinson up many times to go to Libertarian Party meetings.
The case will be heard in Circuit Court on Friday.
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, https://www.nky.com
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