Lawsuit claims Warren Evans isn't eligible for Wayne County CEO's race

DETROIT (WXYZ) - State Representative and Wayne County CEO candidate Phil Cavanagh says Warren Evans should be tossed from the race for county executive, according to a lawsuit filed today.

The complaint alleges that Evans failed to live within Wayne County 30 days before the April 22 filing deadline, as required by law.

Evans, who owns a house in Washtenaw County's Salem Township, filed a principal residence exemption there that dates back to 2012 through the day before the filing deadline, according to the lawsuit.

In other words, Cavanagh says Evans only lived in Wayne County for a day before he filed to run as a candidate in the upcoming August primary.

Cavanagh is asking for an immediate hearing on this issue for tomorrow, the same time a hearing is already scheduled for another lawsuit that was filed earlier this week that also says Evans should be disqualified from the race.

Evans’ attorney tells 7 Action News that this is a "political stunt,"  that Evans has satisfied all the requirements to run in the election and that the courts should not interfere with this process.

Contact 7 Investigator Ross Jones at or at (248) 827-9466.