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Does Jacumin live in Valdese? Mayoral candidacy decision appealed, heads to state board
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Does Jacumin live in Valdese? Mayoral candidacy decision appealed, heads to state board

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The N.C. State Board of Elections is expected to decide an appeal by a mayoral candidate in Burke County.

Steve Kiddy filed an appeal with the elections board after the Burke County Board of Elections made a 3-2 decision on Aug. 19 to allow Jimmy Jacumin to move forward with his candidacy for Valdese mayor. The state elections board will meet at 1 p.m. Friday to decide multiple items, one of which is the appeal.

Patrick Gannon, public information director for the state elections board, said the appeal will be heard on the whole record from the county elections board. He said no new evidence can be presented at the appeal hearing, but state board Chair Damon Circosta has indicated he will recognize each party to make a five-minute statement. He said the hearing is not an evidentiary hearing.

Gannon said the decision from the state board will determine whether Jacumin’s name will appear on the ballot for the November election. Ballots have to be ready to be mailed out to those requesting mail-in ballots by Oct. 1, Debbie Mace, county director of elections, has said.

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The public can listen to the hearing online at bit.ly/3hzSJWQ or by phone at 415-655-0003, enter access code 161 014 9684#.

Kiddy filed a challenge to Jacumin’s residency with the Burke County Board of Elections.

Jacumin bought a house on Walsh Drive in Valdese in June. Candidate filing for the town of Valdese started July 26.

Jacumin has lived in a home on Miller Bridge Road in Connelly Springs (Icard) for decades.

Jacumin testified at the elections hearing in August that he bought the new home in Valdese, for which he wrote a check, because he wanted to be closer to the town due to his interests there and because he wanted to run for mayor. He also testified that he deeded his home in Connelly Springs to his son and daughter and that his wife still lives there the majority of the time.

In addition, Jacumin testified that he intends to live at the Walsh Drive property and currently stays there about 80% of the time.

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