Minneapolis Council candidate comes under scrutiny for residency
A candidate for Minneapolis city council comes under scrutiny on social media and a new website questioning his residence – both in the neighborhood he’s running for and in the city.
Mickey Moore, who competes in the Ninth Ward Council Race, said he is renting a studio near Powderhorn Park to meet residency requirements under state law.
Moore, 51, lists the apartment’s address on state election records, but her family also owns a home in the adjacent Eighth Ward and a home in Oak Grove in Anoka County.
Moore said he started renting the Ninth Ward apartment in March, understanding that state law requires candidates for public office to “retain residency” in the district in which they are running for. 30 days before the elections. If he wins the Nov. 2 election, he said he and his family would buy or rent a permanent home in the Ninth Ward, which spans various central neighborhoods between Interstate 35W and Minnehaha Avenue.
“There is no problem with my conditions of residence at all,” he said. “I’m not going to uproot my whole family for the campaign. After winning, my family and I will find a place definitely. [in the Ninth Ward.] … I have lived in and around Ward Nine for almost 40 years. “
Election disputes over residency are filed with the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings, but the office has not received any complaints about Minneapolis council races this year.
A spokeswoman for the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office said the residency rule does not refer to where a candidate pays taxes, has homestead status or anything other than where a candidate spends time. Candidates file an affidavit when running for office, including a statement that they will meet or currently meet the residency requirements. If a candidate is found to have lied on an affidavit, the onus is on the county attorney to investigate.
State law defines residence in several ways, including where a person’s home is with their family and where they usually live and sleep.
The law says that a person does not lose that residence if they temporarily live in another neighborhood, unless the person intends to stay there.
State lawmakers recently resumed the residency rules debate after a state official was found in possession of a Wisconsin driver’s license.
Moore said that, since 2011, his primary residence with his wife and daughter has been a Minneapolis house near E. 41st Street in the Bryant neighborhood of the Eighth Ward. His mother bought this house in 1983 and still owns it, according to county records.
He said he started living in the Ninth Ward apartment this fall and the lease runs until November.
Incumbent Alondra Cano does not run for office and Moore, an LDF candidate, is running for the seat against Jason Chavez, Jon Randall Denison, Alfred “AJ” Flowers Jr., Yussuf Haji, Carmen Means, Brenda Short and Ross Tenneson.
“I know people have tried to use the fact that I own a house that is … four or five blocks outside of Ninth Ward,” said Moore, a small business owner. retired whose campaign site boasts of his longtime residence on the South Side.
He said he wanted to run in the Ninth Ward instead of the Eighth Ward because there is no incumbent, he has business ties to the area and he said he got many votes. in the neighborhood when he ran unsuccessfully in Congress against US Representative Ilhan. Omar in 2020 as a Legal Marijuana Now candidate.
Moore filed Hennepin County campaign finance forms as the Ninth Ward candidate in February, listing his Eighth Ward address.
He started renting the Ninth Ward apartment off of S 15th Avenue in March, but said he mistakenly listed the new 16th Avenue S address on amended forms filed in August. His file with the Secretary of State indicates the address of 15th Avenue S.
Lisa Keacher, who lives in the East Phillips area of Ninth Ward, said she received an email in March, signed by Moore, responding to her roommates’ Craigslist ad for a room in their duplex.
According to the March 9 email from an automated response from Craigslist that Keacher shared with the Star Tribune, he said he would like to pay “NOT to live there.” He said he owns a house a few blocks outside the neighborhood, so “between you and me, I’ll never be a full-time ‘traditional’ resident. I’m really just meeting the demands of the city.”
Keacher said it seemed “to be a very strange thing to ask and I guess it made me angry that he was trying to do something that I found to be dishonest. … I would think if someone showed up for one. certain neighborhood, for a campaign, that it is because they live in the neighborhood that they care about the neighborhood’s problems. “
Keacher, who said she was not involved in any political campaigning, never responded to Moore and found another roommate.
When asked this week what he meant by not being a “traditional full-time resident,” Moore said he was referring to the fact that he had multiple homes. According to Anoka County records, Moore’s mother owns the Oak Grove home, but Mickey Moore is listed there as a relative. He said he and his family were heading to the 3-acre property for entertainment.
“It’s not strange or unique. I’m not the only person with a place in the North,” he said. “Usually we stay in Minneapolis and go to the country on weekends or holidays.”
Kelly Smith • 612-673-4141