LR5 board chair files petition to remove Murphy from Richland Co. ballot

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Dust is kicking back up on the Lexington-Richland District Five school board after former member Kim Murphy filed to get her seat back on the board in the upcoming election.

On Thursday, Board Chairman Robert Gantt filed a petition with the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Board to disqualify Murphy from the ballot in Richland County. Gantt based his petition on the determination of the South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office's map. In addition, a judge in a common pleas court previously ordered Murphy be removed from the board for not being a Richland County resident. 

In a media release, Gantt said both instances point to Murphy's home being in Lexington County, which makes her unqualified to be elected in Richland County.

Murphy was removed from the board in 2013 after a state report showed she lived in Lexington County. Murphy, who announced her campaign Tuesday, said the removal is "unjust."

She is seeking the board seat that is currently held by Gantt.

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