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Democrat sues to scratch State Senator Mimi Walters from ballot

California Republican State Senator Mimi Walters has been accused by her Democratic opponent of lying about her residence.

The Democratic candidate running against Republican State Senator Mimi Walters in Orange County's 37th district sued her for fraud Thursday.

Steve Young alleges Walters doesn't live in the district.  A lawsuit filed in Sacramento Superior Court asks the Secretary of State to remove Walters from the November 6th ballot.

Walters is running for re-election in a newly redrawn district. To run in the district, Walters reportedly moved from her home in Laguna Niguel to a residence in Irvine. 

The biography on Walters' State Senate website says “she and her husband, David, live in the City of Irvine with their four children.”

But the lawsuit claims Walters' move is only on paper, pointing to the size of her Irvine rental as proof: it's a 570- square-foot studio apartment.

That would be a big step down, according to the lawsuit, which claims Walters and her family still live in a 14,000-square-foot home in Laguna Niguel where they've resided for more than a decade.

Walters' office did not immediately return a call for comment. Nor did the Secretary of State’s office. 

The California Fair Political Practices Commission is looking into conflict of interest charges against Walters after her office made inquiries into a financial claim made by one of her husband’s businesses.

Walters was elected to the State Senate in 2008, after serving two terms in the Assembly. She chairs the Senate Committee on Legislative Ethics.




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