YORK-- Clover School Board member Bob Magee can keep his seat after York County election officials ruled last Wednesday that he lives within the district.
"It's probably a good thing for all parties involved to know where we stand," said Magee, on the board since 2002.
The Registration Board of the York County Board of Registration and Elections voted 6-1 that Magee's primary residence is within school district boundaries, dismissing a claim to the contrary brought by a resident.
Sherri Ciurlik, who made the challenge, contends that his primary residence is in another part of the state and he violates "the intent of the law" requiring board members to live within the school district.
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"To me, it is not a voter registration issue, though I understand legally that is what it comes down to," she said.
Magee's wife and youngest son live in the Clemson area, and his business has a physical address there, Magee said.
However, he stayed in Clover at a family home on River Oaks Road, with his brother.
"I've got responsibilities in both places," he said. "I'll make no bones about it. I've got two yards to mow."
Board chairman Steve Rast focused on the joint tax filing status of Magee and his wife at her Clemson-area address in casting the lone dissenting vote.
Other board members considered Magee's voter registration, car title, home ownership and other factors as proof that the Clover residence should be considered primary.
"By the law, it seems to me he's batting about .900," Sam White said.