New details emerge about the man who's challenging Wayne Co. Executive candidate's residency

(WXYZ) - Wayne County Executive Candidate Warren Evans is now saying a court challenge for his candidacy is without merit. And the 7 Investigators have uncovered new information about the man who filed that lawsuit.

As dozens of ministers announced their endorsement of Warren Evans in the Wayne County Executive race Monday, Evans said a recent lawsuit that challenges whether he can legally be on the ballot has no merit.

“I’ve been a resident of Wayne County for a period longer than is required from the statute, so we’re very comfortable that we’ve complied with the law, and we’re going to be able to go forward,” said Evans.

The former Detroit police chief is considered the front-runner in a crowded field of Democratic candidates who are all trying to unseat incumbent Bob Ficano in the August 5th primary.

The 7 Investigators first reported Monday that Tom Yack is taking the Wayne County Election Commission and the Wayne County Clerk to court, alleging that Warren Evans did not move back to Wayne County in enough time to qualify for the race.

Yack says Evans changed his address from Salem Township, which is in Washtenaw County, to Wayne County one day before the filing deadline for the CEO’s race.

“You have to be a resident of the county 30 days prior to filing. And he wasn’t,” said Yack.

Yack is a Republican Township Trustee from Canton and a long-time player in local politics. Yack insisted to the 7 Investigators yesterday that he’s challenging Evans residency simply because he believes candidates should follow the law.

“Are you supporting any of his opponents in any way,” asked 7 Investigator Heather Catallo.

“I am a Republican,” said Yack.

“Are you working for any of the other campaigns,” asked Catallo.

“No I’m not working for them, I certainly know all of them,” said Yack.

But Yack’s social media posts tell a different story. The 7 Investigators uncovered three different posts from Yack’s Facebook page that gush with admiration for a Democrat:  Westland Mayor Bill Wild. 

Wild is a key opponent of Evans, and his campaign would no doubt be thrilled if Evans got booted off the ballot.

Back in October, Yack publicly commented on the Free Press website via his Facebook account, calling Wild a “breath of fresh air.”  Yack wrote, “It’s time to elect a TRUE outsider as Wayne County Executive.”

He posted two other similar comments in January, saying Wild “was the best qualified candidate to lead Wayne County.”

When 7 Action News asked Tom Yack about these posts, he said he’s always thought Bill Wild was progressive, but still insists he’s putting his support behind the Republican in the race.  

The court challenge for Warren Evans spot on the ballot will be heard on Friday.

The Wild Campaign says they have nothing to do with the court challenge.

If you have a story for Heather, please email her: hcatallo@wxyz.com or call 248-827-4473.

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