Chattanooga City Council candidate accused of not living in city

Opponent cites social media postings from Ooltewah

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Community Outreach Specialist LaDarius Price while meeting with the Times Free Press at Cempa Community Care on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Questions about one candidate's residency in a crowded Chattanooga City Council race have spurred threats and an investigation by the county election commission.

Cempa Community Care Outreach Coordinator LaDarius Price is one of six people running so far for the District 5 council seat to replace Councilman Russell Gilbert, who is running for mayor in the March 2021 election.

But some are challenging Price's city residency and therefore his eligibility as a candidate.

Another candidate lodged a complaint with the Hamilton County Election Commission this week, alleging that Price - a self-proclaimed "District 5-lifer" who is registered as a resident of the Woodmore neighborhood - doesn't live in Chattanooga at all.

"We checked our records and [Price] registered at an address in our system back in, I want to say June or July, at an address in District 5," Hamilton County Election Administrator Scott Allen said Thursday, the day after he says another candidate complained to the commission about Price's residence.

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