A state appellate court has rejected Rep. Art Fierro’s (D-El Paso) attempt to force declare Rep. Claudia Ordaz Perez (D-El Paso) ineligible based on not meeting the residency requirement. In a per curiam ruling (PDF), the 8th Court of Appeals concluded “Ordez Perez satisfied the constitutional residency requirement” and El Paso Co. Democratic Chair Dora Oaxaca “did not err by declining to remove Ordaz Perez’s name from the ballot at Fierro’s request.”

El Paso Co. lost HD76 to Fort Bend Co. after redistricting, forcing the pairing of two representatives. Ordaz Perez was initially paired with Rep. Lina Ortega (D-El Paso) in HD77 (Safe D) but moved into HD79 (Safe D) to challenge Fierro instead. Ordaz Perez changed her voter registration to the HD79 address in October, roughly two months before she filed for the race.

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