and SARAH LOWERY
A Lawndale man has challenged the right of District Court Judge Anna (Dina) Foster to seek re-election, claiming he has evidence that she no longer resides within District 27B, which includes Cleveland and Lincoln counties.
Robert Alexander Williams cites Fosterâ€™s listed residency on her personal Facebook page in his complaint. According to an official list of Cleveland County elected officials, her address is listed as 904 Meadowbrook Lane in Shelby.
A hearing on the challenge before a joint session of the Lincoln and Cleveland County Boards of Election is slated for 9 a.m. Friday at the Cleveland County Commissioners chambers, located at 311 E. Marion St. in Shelby.
Judge Foster is currently seeking re-election to her seat without any filed opposition.
Cleveland County Elections Director Debra Blanton told the Times-News on Tuesday that Foster will be asked during the hearing to provide proof of her residency within the district. A three-member panel, consisting of Lincoln County Board of Elections Chair Bob Richardson and two members of the Cleveland County Board of Elections, will conduct the hearing.
Blanton had no comment on the nature of Williamsâ€™ complaints.
Should a challenge to her candidacy and qualification to complete her current term result in a vacancy, North Carolina General Statute 7A-142 provides for her seat to be filled by gubernatorial appointment within 60 days.
Foster was unable to be reached for comment.