Don Shooter legally qualifies to run for the state Senate from Yuma, a judge ruled this afternoon.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Rosa Mroz rejected a series of arguments by attorney Tim La Sota who argued that Shooter gave up his residency in Legislative District 13 shortly after being ousted from the House of Representatives earlier this year.
She noted that Shooter has acknowledged spending most of his time since then at a House in north central Phoenix, outside the district, which is owned by his wife. And she acknowledged that the power to his Yuma apartment had been turned off.
But Mroz said Shooter provided explanations for that.
The judge said she did not believe Shooter's explanation that someone else — his attorney suggested it might even have been a political foe — registered him to vote in April in Maricopa County. But Mroz said even if Shooter did register, that is not "conclusive" of his residency.
La Sota has said he will appeal.