Monday, August 10, 2020
State Board Reverses Residency Ruling Against Foster

State Board Reverses Residency Ruling Against Foster

A candidate for the Wayne County Board of Commissioners is considered eligible for election after a state board upholds his appeal.

The Wayne County Board of Elections had ruled that there was sufficient evidence to doubt District 3 Commissioner Candidate Bevan Foster was residing at his listed District 3 address of 610 Deveraux Street in Goldsboro.

Bevan Foster filed an appeal with the state and the State Board of Elections heard that appeal on Friday.

Representing Bevan Foster, attorney Jeff Loperfido argued the county elections board ignored several issues when it made its decision, including evidence regarding Foster’s change of domicile to the 610 Deveraux Street .home

Representing the election protestor Zachary Lilly, attorney Dustin Pittman said the county determined Foster had never resided at 610 Deveraux.

At Friday’s hearing, the State Board of Elections reversed that previous decision by the Wayne County Board of Elections.

State board member Dr. Stella Anderson made the motion that was unanimously approved, stating the county board’s decision “was not supported by substantial evidence, particularly Mr. Foster’s purported failure to abandon the first domicile.”

In a written statement following Friday’s ruling, Loperfido said, “We are glad the North Carolina Board of Elections chose to uphold the will of Wayne County voters by recognizing Bevan Foster’s eligibility for his candidacy and securing the nomination he rightfully won.”

Bevan Foster briefly addressed the Wayne County Board of Elections at a July 7 hearing.
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