ELIZABETHTOWN — A challenge to the residency of N.C. Rep. William Brisson (R-Dublin) was dropped just jours before a scheduled preliminary hearing by the Bladen County Board of Elections.
Matthew Dixon, an Elizabethtown attorney who ran against and lost to Brisson for the State House District 22 seat four years ago, filed the affidavit of challenge on April 5, claiming that Brisson’s residency “does not meet the requirements” of the July 31, 2017, Covington v. State of North Carolina United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina ruling that ordered each senator and representative shall have resided “in the district for which he is chosen for one year immediately preceding his election.”
At the time, Dixon presented as evidence two letters sent to Brisson at his physical address on Hwy. 410 in Bladenboro — each of which were returned with postal markings claiming the address does not have a mail receptacle.
He also submitted as evidence the Bladen County Board of Elections candidate list that shows Brisson’s address as a post office box number in Dublin.
Dixon’s challenge stated that Brisson “has failed to establish his residence in Bladen County, or in any other place in State House Distric6t 22, by Feb. 28, 2018 …”
But as of about noon on Tuesday, Dixon had formally withdrawn his challenge.
“I don’t think he (Dixon) had a leg to stand on,” said B;laden County attorney Leslie Johnson, who was representing Brisson. “I think he made the only choice he could have (by withdrawing the challenge).”
Brisson, 71, has been a state representative since 2006. He switched from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party in October 2017.
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