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Pendleton delegate renews challenge to W.Va. Gov. Justice’s residency

By STEVEN ALLEN ADAMS

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

The Governor’s Mansion in Charleston. Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, has refiled a petition to the Supreme Court to compel the governor to live in Charleston.
(News and Sentinel photo by Steven Allen Adams)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A petition to compel the governor to reside in Charleston was refiled on Tuesday by a member of the House of Delegates.

Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, asked the West Virginia Supreme Court to order Gov. Jim Justice to reside in the seat of government as required by the state Constitution.

“I’m asking for the court to compel him to follow the Constitution and the statute and order that he reside at the seat of government,” Sponaugle said by phone Tuesday. “One can argue, and I am arguing, that the governor’s chronic absenteeism is affecting the people’s constitutional rights for the inability to redress any grievances that they might have.”

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