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Assembly candidate faces scrutiny over residency

September 4, 2010 |  7:32 pm

A candidate for a Glendale-area state Assembly seat is facing scrutiny about whether he lives in the district he is running to represent, as the law requires.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office is looking into whether Sunder Ramani, the Republican candidate on the Nov. 2 ballot, lives in the 43rd Assembly District as he reported on voter registration and candidacy papers under penalty of perjury.

David Demerjian, head of the district attorney's public integrity division, said he was checking on Ramani's residency after receiving complaints about a week ago from people claiming to have evidence that the candidate still lives in a home he and his wife own in La Cañada Flintridge, outside the district.

Ramani, 50, is a Burbank small-business owner who has long been active in Burbank and Glendale civic and business groups. He and his wife, Mandy, have owned their La Cañada Flintridge house since the mid-1990s, according to property and voter registration records.

Ramani is running against Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) in this strongly Democratic district. He lost to Gatto in a special election for the seat last spring.

Election law requires a candidate for state legislative office to live in the district he or she seeks to represent. County elections officials said that on Jan. 27, Ramani switched his voter registration from the La Cañada Flintridge address to a Burbank apartment that is inside the district.

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--Jean Merl