SISTERS, OR -- Sisters officials are reportedly questioning the residency of a City Council candidate. According to the Sisters Nugget, the city attorney sent a letter to Richard Esterman, this week, asking for verification that the candidate lives inside the city limits.
Esterman is one of three candidates appearing on the November ballot for three open seats on the Sisters City Council. A fourth candidate announced a write-in campaign, earlier this month.
County property records show Esterman owns a home in Tollgate, northwest of Sisters. But, in his election filing, he said he rents a home in downtown Sisters and uses the Tollgate property as his office. City officials determined, however, the downtown residence has had minimal water usage and has never had garbage service.
The city charter requires a Council candidate be a resident of the city for a year prior to the election. The newspaper reports Esterman has until October 31 to provide proof he has lived inside the city for the past year.