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At-large candidate explains address discrepancy

Red Wing City Council at-large candidate Kenneth Bush says he remains committed to Red Wing and the race even though he is temporarily living in Wisconsin.

“I’ve never stopped consistently being involved in Red Wing,” Bush said. “I moved because it was a real estate investment and I’m in the real estate business. It was always temporary.”

Bush had to file twice to become an official candidate. He said he tried to file May 20, the first day the period was open. His information was passed on to the Secretary of State’s Office, but it ultimately was rejected, Bush said. He listed his Wisconsin address on that form.

“I just wanted to be honest and upfront,” he said, but it raised the question of whether he was eligible to run.

After working with an attorney and talking with the various government entities involved, Bush tried to file again on June 3, the last day for the filing period, he said. This time he listed his address at 166 Cannonwood Drive in Red Wing and was accepted.

That is the address listed as his residence on the secretary of state’s website. Candidates’ addresses are publicly available with their filing information.

Bush said he used the Cannonwood address at the advice of his attorney, who he said was and is in contact with the Secretary of State’s Office.

It’s the last address Bush had in Red Wing and he paid taxes on it through 2013, he said.

Goodhue County property tax records list Bush’s name in connection with the property from 2010 to 2013.

Bush said he is aiming to follow the law and is not hiding anything. He said he is temporarily living at a property in Stockholm but plans to move back to Red Wing before the election. The apartment he plans to live in here is being remodeled, he said.

The Secretary of State’s Office refers candidates for county, municipal and school district offices to county auditors, municipal clerks or school district clerks for eligibility information.

Red Wing’s city charter says that candidates must file an affidavit of candidacy, which must state that, among other information and qualifications, the candidate is an “eligible voter” and “will have maintained residence in the city … for at least thirty days before the city general election.” Candidates for specific wards must have lived within the ward boundaries for that long as well.

Four candidates have filed for the council’s open at-large position, and the local primary will be Aug. 12. The general election is Nov. 4.

Bush said he does plan to continue investing in real estate outside the Red Wing area. He also noted he is working with a business partner on developing an apartment complex in the city.

“My intentions were always to be back in Red Wing,” Bush said.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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