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Elections Board schedules 2nd hearing on Gott's residency

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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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