BEND, OR -- City Councilor-Elect Casey Roats is being sued over his residency. Bend resident Foster Fell filed the lawsuit, claiming Roats didn't meet residency requirements to run for the council. Fell is the partner of fellow newly elected city councilor Barb Campbell. Fell's attorney is Charlie Ringo, head of the political action committee that supported Roats' opponoent Lisa Seales. Roats was served with the suit yesterday.
Roats has admitted to living in his parents' home just outside city limits while his house was under construction. Fell and Ringo claim that violates city election rules which say a candidate must live inside the city for the year prior to the election.
The suit also names the city of Bend, but attorney Charlie Ringo tells KBND News he only plans to depose Roats, not any city officials.
Roats defeated challenger Lisa Seales by a 4% margin on Tuesday. Seales' supporters had said they would continue to make an issue of Roats' residency if he won.
Oregon's Secretary of State is already looking into claims made a couple of weeks prior to the election, claiming Roats violated residency requirements.