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Kim Murphy plans to appeal election decision, begins write-in candidacy

Kim Murphy is now mounting a write-in campaign. (Source: WIS) Kim Murphy is now mounting a write-in campaign. (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Despite exhausting all legal avenues, former Lexington-Richland School District 5 school board member Kim Murphy refuses to go down without a fight.

In a news conference outside the state Election Commission office, Murphy says she's filing an appeal against a recent ruling finding her to be a Lexington County resident and hoping to regain her old seat through a write-in campaign.

Murphy's candidacy for her old seat on the board hinged upon her supposed Richland County residency. However, a series of rulings found she actually lived in Lexington County. 

As a result of her residency, Murphy was removed from the school board in 2013.

"I have been in the same house since 2000," Murphy said. "I have not moved, and no process has happened that would change my residency to anywhere else."

But Murphy continued to fight the ruling, and a Richland County elections board agreed that she lived in the county. However, former South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal, who was working in an independent capacity in this case, ruled Murphy lived in Lexington.

"The judge ignored that I've paid taxes in Richland County since 2000 and will continue to do so," Murphy said. "If left unchallenged, this would set a very bad precedence." 

Murphy maintains she is a Richland County resident because she pays Richland County taxes and her home is under the services of the Richland County Sheriff's Department. She even says the county refuses to remove her from the tax district. 

"In fact, the auditor informed me that the county processing the 2016 tax bills -- just like the past 16 years -- we're going to be receiving one," Murphy said.

Voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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