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San Antonio City Council Candidate Sues Opponent Over Claims She Lives in Austin


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A candidate for San Antonio City Council has filed a lawsuit against an opponent for the seat, claiming she hasn't lived in San Antonio since 2013.

Patrick Von Dohlen, a far-right conservative running for District 9, announced his lawsuit against fellow candidate Lynlie Wallace on Monday morning.

"Voters deserve the opportunity to choose between candidates who are eligible to run," Von Dohlen said in a Monday press release. "If a candidate is not eligible to run, action must be taken."

Von Dohlen largely relied on reporting from the San Antonio Express-News as evidence for his case.

Wallace is currently the chief of staff for state Rep. Lyle Larson, who represents San Antonio at the capital. She appears to own two homes, one in Austin and one in San Antonio's District 9. In March, Wallace told the Express-News that she rents out her San Antonio house and doesn't live there  — reversing an earlier claim that the current tenant was her "roommate."

Wallace later said she only rents out this home when the legislature is in session and forces her to stay in Austin, and that she had planned on returning to the San Antonio house after the 2017 session came to an end.

In his suit, Von Dohlen notes that the San Antonio Charter requires candidates have to have lived in their district for at least six months before applying to run. Which, according to Von Dohlen, Wallace hasn't done. According to the lawsuit, the Bexar County Elections office began mailing Wallace's voter registration cards to Austin addresses in 2013 — a piece of evidence Von Dohlen believe proves her illegitimacy as a candidate.

At a Monday morning press conference, Von Dohlen called Wallace's campaign a "gross act of selfishness," according to the Express-News.

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