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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New details tonight about questions into the residency of a New Hanover County Commission hopeful.

Business owner Justin LaNasa has challenged Melissa Gott’s residency with the Board of Elections. According to the paperwork he turned in, LaNasa claims Gott is not a resident of the county, city or voting precinct she claims.

The New Hanover County GOP nominated Gott last week to fill the county commission seat left empty when Ted Davis replaced Danny McComas in the NC House of Representatives. New Hanover County Commissioners decided not to approve the nomination and ask the party to investigate after questions about Gott’s residency arose.

Earlier this week, the GOP gave commissioners affidavits and other information that Gott lives in a home on Chestnut Street in Wilmington and not a home she owns in Leland.

LaNasa, who owns Hardwire Tattoo downtown and has been a frequent but unsuccessful political candidate, is currently running for New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor.

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10 Comments on "LaNasa challenges Gott’s residency"

2015 years 8 months ago

I agree with the above. WWAY has a habit of attacking people. I thank Justin for trying to make a difference. Keep Running Justin.!

Shaun O'Rourke
2015 years 8 months ago

We have the right to know the truth. It should be a no brainer for her to produce the correct documentation. In poor taste for WWAY to try and demonize LaNasa as a frequent, but unsuccessful political candidate. So is Pantano, and even though both these guys come from different sides of the tracks doesn’t mean you should try and belittle their attempt to try and exercise their civic duty. Shame on you WWAY!!!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

But isn’t he a frequent but unsuccessful political candidate?

2015 years 8 months ago

… why Rhonda Amorosa (local GOP Chair) included in her letter (click on GOP response) the phrase “One must wonder whether the fact that Ms. Gott is a Latina and a woman has played a part in this delay.”

Really Rhonda? So you really think that this is all really a race and / or a woman’s issue? Really?

No small wonder that so many people find politicians despicable.

2015 years 8 months ago

I heard that it was Beth Dawson who pushed the residency issue. Apparently she was upset that a woman would be appointed to the board before her election, and she would have nothing to run on.

Concerned citizen
2015 years 8 months ago

What senseless vitriole. Why would you choose to attack the only candidate who doesn’t stand to financially gain from being on the commission. The citizens could fare worse than a Yale educated orthopedic surgeon on the commission. Perhaps you prefer Beth Dawson? Beth doesn’t have an original thought in her head. We all know she is running to further the business interests of her husband, Dan. Or perhaps Woody White? The pleasant attorney who defends child molesters when he is not busy offending homosexuals: how enlightened. Maybe you prefer Barfield? He did attend after all attend some college.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why didn’t Hickey and Berger just formally file the complaint themselves instead of getting the village idiot to do it for them? Man the republicans can never control their lunatic fringe. I will tell you what is scary, the possibility that Berger/hickey will be the votes that determine who gets Catlin’s two year seat. Maybe they will just appoint Lanassa?

2015 years 8 months ago

This needed to be done!

2015 years 8 months ago

If the GOP gave the commissioners affidavits that Gott does indeed reside in Wilmington what is in it for LaNasa? He isn’t going to get the seat. He has ran for about every position in the city and county and hasn’t won. That should tell him enough.Now he’s running for Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor. Stick to your day job Justin!!!

Ashamed of IML
2015 years 8 months ago

Sour grapes Justin, who blames his inability to win a local election in a non-partisan race on whomever the GOP chair is at the time, is doing ABLE’s bidding. The burden of proof, by law, is on him. There are several groups in this very small city who oppose whatever the local GOP does because they are mean and petty people who never have the power they crave. These supposed Libertarians and “conservatives” label all who don’t agree with them RINOs, which, on its face is fairly mild. But then they spread lies about people’s connections with Titan, Covanta, organized crime and organized baseball. Sadly they use Saul-Alisnsky democrat tactics to smear people. Then they wonder why 98% of their candidates don’t win. There is also a faction who don’t like Ms. Gott based on her appearance; a jealousy factor. None of these factions know Ms. Gott, opposed her when she was on the planning board or have come up with anything substantial to prove she’s a “good old boy”, who strangely, isn’t backed by the GOBs on the county commissioner. All this for a 1.5 month appointment.


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