Judge rules Warren Evans stays on ballot in race for Wayne County Executive

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A judge has tossed out a lawsuit contending that Warren Evans should not be allowed on the ballot in the election for Wayne County Executive.

State Representative and Wayne County CEO candidate Phil Cavanagh had contended that Evans should be tossed from the race.

The complaint alleged 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 said Evans only lived in Wayne County for a day before he filed to run as a candidate in the upcoming August primary.

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

Before today's hearing, Evans’ attorney told 7 Action News that this was a "political stunt,"  and that Evans had satisfied all the requirements to run in the election and that the courts should not interfere with this process.

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