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West Virginia Gov. Justice argues word “reside” is unclear in residency case

By ERIN BECK

The Register-Herald

Gov. Jim Justice

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The governor of West Virginia has argued, in a response sent to the the highest court in the state, that the definition of the word “reside” is unclear.

Gov. Jim Justice, who resides in Lewisburg, made the argument Tuesday to the West Virginia Supreme Court, in a response to a petition filed by Del. Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton over the governor’s residency.

Sponaugle had asked the Kanawha Circuit Court to order Justice, a Republican, to “reside at the seat of government during his term of office, and keep there the public records, books and papers pertaining to his respective office.” The seat of government is Charleston.

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