Compton Calls on Luckett to Verify Residency

By: Mike McDaniel
By: Mike McDaniel

Democrat William Compton, Jr., of Meridian, is accusing a fellow Democrat of not satisfying the qualifications to be placed on the ballot and run for governor.

Compton said Luckett, from Clarksdale, needs to show his tax returns from the five previous years to put to rest concerns that Luckett hasn't been a resident of the state for at least five years, which state law requires.

Luckett has already been approved by the Mississippi Democratic Party to be placed on the ballot. Compton says it would be a mistake to leave it that way, if records aren't provided.

"If he does so, he will reassure voters that he is an honest man of integrity and a true Democrat," said Compton. "If he does not, he will leave doubt about his candidacy, his integrity and his honor."

In response to the allegations Luckett said, "I have been a Mississippi resident since I was brought here when I was six weeks old by my father and if anyone suggests otherwise, it's purely a political agenda."

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