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Carbondale mayoral candidate questioned about residency

Shortly after mayoral candidate Mike Henry stated his interest in running for Mayor, a challenge on his candidacy was soon filed. Shortly after mayoral candidate Mike Henry stated his interest in running for Mayor, a challenge on his candidacy was soon filed.
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Shortly after mayoral candidate Mike Henry stated his interest in running for mayor of Carbondale, Illinois, a challenge on his candidacy was soon filed. 

The challenge was filed by SIU anthropology professor, Andrew Balkansky and local attorney, Darrell Dunham.

In order to be considered for mayor in Carbondale, a candidate must live within city limits for one year starting April 7, 2014.

Henry stated that he moved from Carterville to Carbondale in September 2013 - and said he has nothing to hide. 

"We are well within the law, and we have a ponderous of evidence to show," Henry said.

In a hearing held on Monday afternoon, Dunham argued that Henry was not a resident during the time frame the city code requires.

"His voters registration and driver's license were still registered in Williamson County, way after the date of April 7, 2014," Dunham said.

Taxes, water bills, and Henry's mortgage were just a few of the items Henry was asked by Dunham to discuss when Henry was called to testify

Mike Henry, his wife, Theresa Henry, and Henry's neighbors in Carbondale, were called to testify about Henry's residency by his attorney.

There was not a final decision made on whether or not Henry qualified as a Carbondale resident in the required time frame. 

On Monday, December 15, at 3 p.m. is when the decision will be finalized.

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