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GOP disputes Redfern's Ottawa County residency

Tom Jackson • Oct 29, 2012 at 8:46 AM

“Maybe I’ll run into you at Kalahari this afternoon when I’m taking my 4-year-old,” he said.

Redfern, who readily admits he divides his time between Ottawa County and Franklin County, where he works as chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, is being asked to explain why an Ohio Democratic Party list of delegates to this year’s national convention listed him as a resident of Bexley, a Columbus suburb.

Redfern is a candidate this year for an Ohio House district that includes Erie and Ottawa counties. His opponent is Donald Janik, a Huron Republican.

A conservative blog, Third Base Politics, accused Redfern on Wednesday of living outside of the district where he’s running for office.

The posting cited Redfern’s real estate holdings in Franklin County and the delegate list, among other items.

Redfern’s Catawba Island house on North Bluff Ridge Drive is currently listed for sale at an asking price of $990,000.

He said he’ll live elsewhere in the district if the house sells.

“The answer’s yes, of course,” he said.

Redfern noted that he’s never tried to hide that in a typical week, he spends part of his time in Columbus and part of his time in Ottawa County. His filing papers show that he listed the Catawba Island address when he filed for office. He serves on Ottawa County’s board of health and has attended several meetings in Port Clinton this year.

As for the delegate list, Redfern said he doesn’t know what happened, but said it might have gotten on the document as a mailing list.

He said he took the Register’s call after eating breakfast at the Sweet Home diner near his home.

“I am looking at beautiful Lake Erie from the my back deck.

Ohio’s current secretary of state, Jon Husted, was accused of not actually living in Montgomery County when he represented the area in the Ohio legislature. Redfern criticized Husted in a September 2009 press release, saying, “Overwhelming evidence, including utility records and media investigations, shows that Jon Husted does not reside at the Kettering house.”

Husted’s office did not return a call asking for comment.

Redfern said the Husted dispute was different because the evidence showed Husted was absent for months at a time. Husted “didn’t flush his toilet for more than six months” according to utility records, Redfern said.


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