Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Candidate Meets Residency Rules, Attorney Says

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Candidate Meets Residency Rules, Attorney Says

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Max Wolfrum clearly meets the residency requirement of the Webster Groves City Charter to serve as a council member, even though he lived outside the city for five months in 1992, City Attorney Allen Boston says.

The charter requires that members be residents for "at least four years prior to" their election. Wolfrum lived in Maplewood from April to September of 1992. Wolfrum, a former superintendent of the Webster Groves School District, is one of five candidates for City Council in the April 5 election. The City Council asked Boston for a legal opinion on the situation.

Wolfrum has lived in Webster Groves since 1958 - except for the five months in 1992.

Boston said the state Supreme Court has ruled that a person does not have to live continuously in a place to be a resident of it. He quoted the court as ruling that a residence is the place where a person "has his true, fixed and permanent home and principal establishment, and to which whenever he is absent he has the intention of returning. …

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