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Ritch Workman calls for Debbie Mayfield to resign over residency

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Ritch Workman is calling on his Senate District 17 opponent to immediately resign her House seat.

The reason? Debbie Mayfield appears to live outside of her district.

According to bio box in Florida Today, Mayfield told the newspaper she moved to Brevard County in 2015. She listed her hometown as Rockledge.

Mayfield was re-elected to House District 54 in 2014. The district encompasses all of Indian River and part of St. Lucie counties. No part of Brevard County, which is to the north of Indian River County, is located in House District 54.

“This is stunning because Mayfield has been collecting a monthly pay check to represent a district where she no longer lives,” said Workman in a statement. “The people of Indian River and St. Lucie counties deserve a representative who actually lives in the district, not someone who abandoned them for personal gain.”

Florida House rules require a member to be a legal resident of his or her election “at the time of the election.” The rules state a representative “shall maintain his or her legal residence within that district for the duration of his or her term in office.”

This isn’t the first time a candidate’s residency has been called into question this election cycle. Earlier this month, Jeff Clemens blasted Irv Slosberg over his recent move. Slosberg moved to eastern Boynton Beach, which is in Senate District 31, from Boca Raton, which isn’t.

Workman and Mayfield are both running in Senate District 17, which includes Brevard and Indian River counties. The race has become one to watch, and outside groups are pouring thousands of dollars into the Aug. 30 primary.

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