LIMA — After a review of evidence, Law Director Tony Geiger has filed a communication with Lima City Council stating that “Councilor (Jamie) Dixon has properly established his residency with the 5th Ward as a matter of election law.”
Local businessman Ray Magnus presented alleged proof of Dixon flouting election law to Lima’s law department. Magnus tailed Dixon for roughly three weeks following veiled comments made by the councilor that publicly denied Magnus’s offer to financially back Dixon in a potential run for council president.
But according to Geiger’s memo, a slew of objective legal documents presented by Dixon and his stated intent is more than enough evidence to consider the matter closed in favor of Dixon.
“Councilor Dixon has made it very publicly clear that his intent is for his 5th Ward residence to remain his fixed place of abode, while he and his wife look for a new residence within the 5th Ward. He has provided objective documentary evidence in support of his stated intent. Where he may sleep on any particular night does not change that,” Geiger said.
The two-page document, which can be found online in full at limaohio.com, explains that Magnus’s evidence “arguably demonstrates that Councilor Dixon spends some amount of time at an apartment on Elijah Parkway,” the home of his newlywed wife. That evidence, however, is not enough to prove residency “for election purposes,” Geiger said.
The matter was complicated earlier this week as individuals responded to the news of Magnus’s allegations. B. LaMont Monford Sr., a well-known pastor in the Lima Area Black Ministerial Alliance, posted a video on social media stating Dixon was the target of rumors due to his unwillingness to take Magnus’s offer.
Magnus, who was once investigated by Geiger in 2009 for similar residency issues when he held a seat on council, has since threatened Monford with a libel and defamation lawsuit.
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