Elections Board schedules 2nd hearing on Gott's residency
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The controversy surrounding Melissa Gott's nomination to the New Hanover County Commission is still not over.

At a meeting Tuesday, the county Board of Elections decided to hold another full hearing on Gott's residency status. That meeting is scheduled for October 30 at 5 p.m. at the New Hanover County Government Center.

The question up for debate is whether Gott really does live in a home in Wilmington as she claims. Several people question that, including Pat DeYoung, who lives in the neighborhood. She said a few years ago Gott changed the home from single-family to a law office with the idea of living there. But DeYoung says ever since, the house has been dark at night and on weekends, and that Gott is only there during the day.

Regardless of what the Board of Election decides in two weeks, commissioners we spoke with today already said it's too late for them to consider Gott to fill the seat left empty when Ted Davis took a seat in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Commission Chair Jonathan Barfield and Commissioner Rick Catlin said with only one meeting left before the election, the chance to replace Ted Davis has come and gone.

Justin LaNasa, a Wilmington business owner who has campaigned for Wilmington mayor, city council and county commission, and who is currently running for Soil and Water Supervisor, filed the challenge to Gott's New Hanover County address.

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When asked by the NHC B.O.C. if she and her husband lived together in Wilmington her response was yes. How can her husband claim residence and vote in Brunswick County? One of them is committing voter fraud

Maybe she can come up with a birth certificate that states she lives in New hanover county. I could give her the number to call to get one. 1-800-White-House.

Why is Ms. Obama registered and voting in Chicago when she hasn't slept there in 4 years? She showed her envelope ballot on TV that she mailed to Chicago this week. Is there an actual law about how many hours per day or time of day you have to be physically inside a building to claim it is your home? Then quit stalking and leave her alone if not.

Ms. Gott relly is diggingthe hole deeper and deeper. She should just withdraw from the process and stop the shenanigans. If you live in NY it is conceivable that you might have a "second home" in Leland. If you really live in the historic district of downtown Wimington, ain't nobody believing that you have a vacation home in Leland. C'mon now...don't dig the hole any deeper

Melissa Gott claims her family lives in Wilmington and is a registered Republican who votes here while her husband claims the family lives in Brunswick county and is a registered Democrat who votes there. Folks... one of them is lying because you can't live in two houses at the same time. Bottom line, don't trust either... FIND A NEW CANDIDATE who doesn't have the controversy.

I love these people that think they know everything. You can live in two houses at the same time. How do I know this? Because my family does it. I live in Wilmington and my wife lives in Myrtle Beach. Her job keeps her there and mine keeps me here. We have dinner a couple of times a week and then spend the weekend either here are there.

So, if you don't know what you are talking about "SHUT UP"..

As a Neighbor Who live less than a block from her so called "residents", I can say without a doubt that she Does Not live there.

Although in the last week or so she has "moved in" to make it look like she does.

Personally I think she should be charged with fraud.

From the Star News article about the hearing:

The neighbors' remarks seemed to underscore how much animosity is still lingering over Gott's acquiring of a special-use permit in 2006 to convert part of the Chestnut Street house into a law office. The permit was opposed by those who viewed it as undermining the neighborhood feel in an area already overrun with businesses.

That sentiment was echoed at Tuesday's meeting. "She doesn't lay her head there. She works there," Pat DeYoung, a Chestnut Street resident, told the three-member elections board.

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Ms. DeYoung lives 6 blocks away (100 block of Chestnut) and is a registered democrat. Hmmm.

Just ask anyone in this neighborhood...
My son lives one block away he raised his children here, its a great place to live. My best friend who walks her dog, also lives one block away. I walk, drive,and ride my bike pass 602 Chestnut almost every day and night for 19 years! Carolyn Caldwell who also spoke, lives 3 house from Ms. Gott's law office. Why put someone in office from another county? Surely there is another New Hanover county choice? I am sincere in saying she just does not live in this house and I would be fine and happy if she and her family would light up that dark corner with activity.

I DON'T KNOW ANY OF THESE PEOPLE, BUT IF ITS A REQUIREMENT THAT A PERSON LIVE IN THE COUNTY, AND IF SHE DOESN'T, THEN WHATS THE PROBLEM? SHES NOT ELIGABLE. HOW CAN HER HUSBAND ALL OF A SUDDEN, CHANGE HIS VOTING DISTRICT? CAN YOU LIVE IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE? JUST ASKING. I DIDN;T KNOW SHE WAS HISPANIC EITHER. ALWAYS THE RACE CARD IS PLAYED.

This guy is as nutty as Brian Berger and continues to be a puppet of Ben McCoy as well. I dont know why Ben doesnt just quit trying to be a puppet master and put his name on the ballot line. Oh wait I know because he WONT WIN!!!. What I think irritates many of us in the area is Ben and his buddies claim to be about cleaning things up and what not but all they do is whine and complain and accomplish nothing with their actions in the end.

I know both Brian Burger and Justin Lanasa. They are not alike in any manor. It sounds like you have a personal vendeta against someone. We discussing the validity and honesty of a person who lied to obtain a seat. I do not think its nutty to point that out. As far as your vendetta that is between you and your god but is not any answer to this important political process. I know for certain that Justin has always been made to follow the rules and jump through hoopes to keep his business downtown. I do not blame him and other business owners for wanting others to follow the law.

If more people would do it, we wouldn't have Wilmington City Council pushing for taxpayers, 23.7% of whom live in poverty (Citi-data) to fund a baseball stadium owned by billionaires.

If more people would do it, Wilmington would be a better place.

Thank goodness for the folks who speak up.

"The price of apathy in public affairs is to be ruled by evil men"
Plato