A COMMONWEALTH COURT judge has rejected a residency challenge that sought to knock state Rep. Pam DeLissio off the May 20 Democratic primary-election ballot in the 194th District.
Senior Judge Rochelle Friedman ruled yesterday that DeLissio's "domicile" is her Philadelphia home, even though the two-term legislator listed her Harrisburg town house as her "primary residence" in 2009 for a homestead exemption that granted her a small property-tax discount.
"It is well settled that a candidate's place of residence for purposes of the Election Code is 'the residence . . . in which his [or her] habitation is fixed, and to which, whenever he [or she] is absent, he [or she] has the intention of returning,' " Friedman wrote in her six-page ruling.