Judge Hears Arguments About Where Governor Lives

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia judge has heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by a Democratic state delegate against Republican Gov. Jim Justice demanding that he live in the county where West Virginia’s capital city is located.

Assistant Minority Whip Isaac Sponaugle submitted a writ of mandamus requesting the Kanawha County Circuit Court order Justice to live in the county. Justice has said several times that he does not live at the governor’s mansion in Charleston, but at his Lewisburg home in Greenbrier County.

The state constitution requires the governor to live at the government’s seat in Kanawha County and says a governor shall also keep records there.

An attorney for Justice says the governor complies with the constitution and asked that the case be dismissed.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the judge didn’t rule on Monday, but asked attorneys to file briefs for further review.