Candidate's residency becomes question in Clay County School Board race

District 5 candidate Lynne Chafee in runoff race with incumbent Ashley Gilhousen

CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – A candidate for the Clay County School Board has admitted to the News4Jax I-TEAM that she doesn’t live in the district where she’s running for office.

Her disclosure came after a tip about District 5 candidate Lynne Chafee, who's in a runoff race with incumbent Ashley Gilhousen. Now the question over Chafee's residency could lead to a lawsuit.

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Last week, Gilhousen's mother, Clay County Commissioner Diane Hutchings, approached the I-TEAM with evidence that she said shows Chafee doesn't live in Green Cove Springs in District 5, which is the area she's looking to represent.

Gilhousen’s campaign provided multiple documents showing her challenger, in fact, lives in Fleming Island, not Green Cove Springs. The campaign also provided photos that show Chafee leaving a Fleming Island home multiple mornings. When the I-TEAM stopped by the house Tuesday, there was a vehicle in front with a Chafee campaign sign on it. 

The I-TEAM contacted Chafee and asked her which town she lives in. 

"Actually, I own two homes in Green Cove and I own a home in Fleming Island," Chafee said. "I don't have to technically lay my head down in Green Cove until I'm sworn in and I have a home waiting to do that."

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