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Judge dismisses challenge to Say’s residency

    Calvin Say

A judge has ruled that former House speaker Rep. Calvin Say does not have to prove that he lives in the neighborhood he represents.

Circuit Judge Karen Nakasone has dismissed a challenge filed by six voters in Palolo’s House District 20 that claimed Say doesn’t live in the area he has represented since 1976. 

Say’s attorneys argued that only the House could determine whether lawmakers meet the requirements to serve.

The former speaker says his residence is in Palolo, but he spends time with his family in another area.

"I am pleased with the court’s decision today," Say said in a statement. "I have long maintained that I am a lifelong resident of the district and have had the privilege of serving the district since 1976. Hopefully today’s ruling will put a conclusion to this debate so we can focus on the many issues facing the state."

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