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Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, is working hard to get out the vote in the Georgia special election today, but Ossoff will not actually be able to vote for himself.
That’s because Jon Ossoff does not live in the district that he would be representing. He did grow up in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, but he currently lives about 10 minutes away from the district near Emory University.
Ossoff lives there because his girlfriend is attending medical school, and he relocated in order to accommodate her.
“I grew up in this district,” he told CNN this morning. “I grew up in this community. No one knew there was going to be an election coming. I’ve been living with Alisha, my girlfriend of 12 years, down by Emory University, where she’s a full time medical student, and as soon as she concludes her medical training, I’ll be 10 minutes back up the street in the district where I grew up, but I want to support her and her career and do right by her.”
Ossoff has been criticized by his Republican opponents, who say that he can not properly represent a district that he does not live in himself. Ossoff has argued that he knows the district well, having grown up there, and that it doesn’t make a difference that he’s currently living elsewhere for the time being.
Ossoff explained in his CNN interview this morning, “It’s my home. My family is still there. I am a mile-and-a-half down the street to support Alisha while she finishes medical school. It’s something I’ve been very transparent about.”
The Georgia special election takes place today. If no candidate reaches 50 percent of the vote, there will be a runoff election in June between the top two candidates, one of whom is expected to be Jon Ossoff.
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April 18, 2017 2:27 pm