There’s question as to whether or not a candidate for the Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education is qualified to run in that race.
Wiggins Road property owned by John, or Johnny, Meadows is in Iredell and Rowan counties with a home on the Rowan side.
Elections Director Becky Galliher says Meadows applied for a new street number on his property, then registered to vote and filed to run for office.
(AUDIO).“The law states that you are to be registered where you live. What do you call your residence, where you go home at night and lay your head down? That’s what your suppose to be registered.”
Barry Whitesides is the County’s GIS Addressing Coordinator who added the street number.
(AUDIO).“You see his house over here in very plainly in Rowan County. This was addressed 431 Wiggins Rd. What he asked me to do he wanted to get permits to set up I believe a single wide mobile home”
Currently, other than the house, only a camping trailer can be seen from the road.
Development Services Director Lynn Niblock says a camper cannot qualify as a full time residence and cannot receive a certificate of occupancy.
Meadows’ qualification to run for Iredell County office has been questioned twice before.
In 2004, a judge ruled in his favor on a technicality. In 2011, he was challenged again.
(AUDIO).“The board held a hearing, the challenge was sustained and his voter registration was moved to Rowan County”
Because of the 2004 ruling, Galliher feels her hands are tied from questioning Meadows’ qualifications.
A call to John Meadows for comment has not been returned.
Galliher says the qualification of his candidacy has not been challenged at this point.
By law, she says that, after Friday, any challenger would have the burden of proving his or her claims.