The late State Representative Joe E. Moreno had a take on residency when he was running for reelection in 2002. Here's a bit of a Chron article that was published in March of 2002.
"By LORI RODRIGUEZ, Houston Chronicle Minority Affairs Writer Staff
Last Tuesday's primary election wiped out some of the candidates but none of the venom in state House District 143, where incumbent Rep. Joe Moreno and Municipal Court Judge Al Flores already are throwing punches in their Democratic runoff bout.
At a Monday news conference in front of Flores' longtime residence in the Idylwood subdivision on the east side, outside of District 143, Moreno accused Flores of violating residency requirements.
Moreno pointed to current Harris County Appraisal District records showing that Flores claimed a 2001 homestead exemption on the Idylwood home on Merry Lane, which is in District 145.
A homestead exemption can only be applied to a taxpayer's primary residence.
In Flores' Jan. 2 application for a place on the primary ballot, said Moreno, Flores listed a residence on Gazin in District 143.
"My opponent does not live in District 143," said Moreno, the only incumbent legislator in the Harris County delegation forced into a runoff.
"It's sad that a lawyer doesn't understand the law, but the law is very clear," he said...."
The following are parts of Joe's statement to the Chron that day:
"I am here to let the voters of District 143 know that my opponent does not live in District 143...
The people of district 143 deserve a state representative that lives within the district. That knows their issues. And that is honest with the facts.
The voters donít deserve a legislator that is shopping for a district."
If you're gonna ask the voters to honor Joe's legacy, then let them know what he said about residency back in 2002.
June 7, 2005, 9:00AM