LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A candidate for Kentucky State Senate was in court Friday after a lawsuit was filed claiming he's not a "bona fide” candidate. Chris Thieneman is the Republican candidate for Senate in the 37th District. According to the lawsuit, Thieneman does not live in the district, and therefore, his name should be removed from the Nov. 6 ballot.
State law requires a senator to live in the same district as the seat he is running for at least one year prior to Election Day.
The lawsuit claims Thieneman listed a condo on Brownsboro Road in Louisville as his primary residence since 2011, which is not in the 37th District.
Friday Thieneman’s attorney’s argued that his primary residence is above a warehouse on Dixie Highway.
The judge said so far he is not convinced of the evidenced against Thieneman. Attorneys for both sides must file briefs by Monday and the judge says he will rule next Thursday.
If the judge rules against Thieneman and finds his primary residence is not in district 37, Thieneman’s name would not be removed from the November ballot. Votes for him simply would not be counted.