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UPDATE: Morgan County Council Fight Continues

By: Abbie Schrader Email
By: Abbie Schrader Email
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UPDATE 5/13/2014 5:20 PM

It's a story we first told you about last month.

A woman in Morgan County elected to Chesterhill Village Council is now fighting to prove her residency after the council believes she isn't a resident.

Rebecca Grady is the woman from Chesterhill who was elected last November to the village council but in January, was not sworn in.

And she's taken the village to court to prove her residency.

Tuesday the last witness from the village's side and then Grady herself took the stand.

Followed by her husband, two sons, an employee at her restaurant and a member of the village council, Grady spoke of her residency above her restaurant located in Chesterhill and her length of that residency.

Some believe that she does not live above her restaurant, which is what lead the council to not acknowledge her election and swear her in as a member.

But one council member who took the stand Tuesday says she had no reason to believe either way.

"I had no reason to dispute that she wasn't a resident," says Tonya Tabler, a Chesterhill Village Council member. "I just feel that if we would have had sufficient evidence to deny her her seat, then she wouldn't be trying to gain her seat now."

Grady did get a little emotional during her testimony, saying that the seat isn't worth this fight but that the votes she got should count.

After the last witness took the stand both sides rested and now what will happen is both sides have two weeks to submit a final briefing and from there the judge will make a decision in writing to both sides.

We're expecting that to happen sometime in the next few weeks.


Home to Stockport and McConnelsville, Morgan County is home to quiet countryside along the Muskingum River.

But right now it's anything but quiet in the fiery world of local politics.

Things certainly haven't been quiet in Morgan County.

In the Village of Chesterhill one woman is fighting for her spot on village council that she says she rightfully earned.

Rebecca Grady is a business owner in Chesterhill and last November, ran for village council and was elected.

But when the first village council meeting took place January 6th the mayor, Richard Wetzel, did not swear Grady in.

And his reasoning behind that decision?

He says Grady is not a resident of the village.

But Grady says she indeed is living in the space above her restaurant and her mail has been forwarded there for over a year.

Friday in court we heard from witnesses on the village's side claiming they don't believe Grady is a resident of the village, just a business owner.

Even though Grady was approved by the Morgan County Board of Elections back in August when she petitioned to run.

"I only needed one vote to get elected in but 31 people checked the box," says Grady. "And if they don't let me be in that position then basically they're throwing away all 31 votes."

Mayor Wetzel was one of the six who did take the stand Thursday and still stands by his belief that Grady is not a resident of the village and that's why he chose to not swear her in.

We did try to get in touch with the mayor after the hearing Thursday but he was unavailable for comment and we still have yet to hear the witnesses on Grady's side.

That will be May 13th when the hearing resumes.


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