BISMARCK, N.D. — A North Dakota Republican lawmaker whose residence was challenged by Democrats is eligible for reelection, the state Supreme Courtroom says.
Kenton Onstad, who chairs the District 4 Democratic Social gathering, had filed a lawsuit earlier this month asserting that Terry Jones is a resident of Wyoming, the place he owns a farming, ranching and development enterprise. Jones argued that he owns a house in New City, pays North Dakota revenue tax, and has led a congregation at a Mormon church there for years.
In a ruling issued Friday, the excessive courtroom cited 10 components that favor Jones, together with a state courtroom grievance he filed in 2019 wherein he swore beneath oath that he was a resident of Mountrail County.
“We conclude Jones satisfies the constitutional residency requirement for election to the workplace of state legislator and it was not error to put his identify on the poll,” the courtroom stated in its opinion.
Jones stated earlier in an interview that he moved from Otto, Wyoming, a tiny city of fifty individuals the place he was born and raised, to North Dakota in 2011 to start out a enterprise supplying water to drillers in western North Dakota’s oil patch.
He added that his sons now run the companies in Otto.
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