Chairman: Lexington-Richland 5 board member's residency remains in question

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A meeting to challenge the residency of Lexington-Richland School District 5 board member Kim Murphy was canceled Tuesday afternoon, but the district's chairman says her residency remains in question.

Chairman Robert Gantt says district lines drawn by the Budget and Control Board show Murphy lives in Lexington County.

Murphy, who is one of Richland County's representatives on the board, contends that she lives in Richland County because she pays taxes, files to run for office, and votes in the county.

Gantt says school district attorneys and attorneys for Murphy will be meeting with retired judge Thomas Cooper to go over the matter. Cooper is expected to advise the board what they should do next.

"Judge Cooper is an experienced, highly respected, and impartial member of the South Carolina judiciary who we have asked to determine the facts and law in this matter, rather than have the issues under any cloud of suspicion and rumor," said Gantt in a statement.

Gantt says the residency issue may disqualify Murphy from representing Richland County. The chairman says if the claims are correct, he expects Murphy to resign.

We called and visited Murphy's home, but she has not replied to our requests for an interview.

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