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Judge Upholds Mayoral Candidates Residency
Leonardtown, MD - 4/23/2012
By Dick Myers
Leonardtown’s election judge has ruled that Henry Camaioni meets the residency requirements to run for mayor in the May 1 election. The decision of Judge J. Ernest Bell, II was released by the town on Monday morning and eliminates the need for the hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Camaioni will thus face Daniel Burris and Thomas A. Mattingly, Sr. in the election to determine who will succeed long-time Mayor J. Harry “Chip” Norris.
Judge Bell said that residence for voting purposes means the place of the person’s fixed present domicile. But, he said there is no single definition of domicile. However a recent Maryland appellate decision defined it by saying one’s domicile “has been established as the place with which he or she has a settled connection for legal purposes.”
Judge Bell said he based his decision on four findings of fact:
“Copies of the cover page of Year 2009 and 2010 jointly filed Federal Income Tax Returns that list as a home address property within the Municipal Limits of Leonardtown;
“Tax Assessment print out evidencing that the property mentioned in the preceding paragraph has been jointly owned by the Respondent (Camaioni) and his wife since Year 2006;
Bank record that the Respondent has been using an address within the Municipal Limits of Leonardtown since July 2007; and
“Listing of an address within the Municipal Limits of Leonardtown for Department of Motor Vehicle purposes.”
Leonardtown resident Joan Ritchie had made the complaint to the town alleging that Camaioni did not live in town. With the judge’s ruling he denied Ritchie’s challenge to the residency.
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