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Judge Says Challenge to Candidate Can Proceed

A judge has decided that lawyers can begin depositions in a lawsuit challenging whether candidate Robert Miranda lives in the area of the Alhambra school district where he seeks election to the board.

Attorneys for John Nunez, who filed the suit, say they want to resolve the matter before the Nov. 3 election. Miranda faces candidate Jimmy Gin.

Attorneys persuaded the judge to lift a 30-day waiting period on depositions after a lawsuit is filed.

Earlier this month, Nunez in the lawsuit alleged that Miranda lives in a home he owns with his wife in Alhambra, outside the 5th District he seeks to represent. He registered to run for the seat listing a South San Gabriel address.

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Under Alhambra school district’s election laws, Miranda must reside in his nominating district--in this case, either South San Gabriel or Rosemead.

Miranda, has said he lives at both locations, renting the South San Gabriel property for $65 per month. He has said the legal challenge is politically motivated by teachers union attorneys who are representing Nunez.

Miranda and Nunez are both trustees of the Garvey school district, which feeds Alhambra district high schools.


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