Republican Brett Kokinadis’ decision to switch from the Congressional District 3 race to the District 1 race was the subject of chatter on Twitter last week.
Kokinadis jumped out of the crowded race in District 3 in the northern part of the state that’s being vacated by Ben Ray Luján to challenge U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland, who represents the Albuquerque area.
Questions were raised about Kokinadis’ residency and eligibility requirements to run for the seat. Kokinadis told the Journal he lives in Santa Fe and noted a small corner of the county is in District 1. He also said he rents a home in Albuquerque and plans to move his primary residence to the district next year.
He isn’t actually required to live in the district. Candidates are only required to live in the state. About two dozen members in the 435-member House now live outside of their congressional districts, according to reports.