ST LOUIS (LALATE) – A former homeless woman is off the ballot and now she is blaming her competitor. Barbara Bachmeier was homeless within the last twelve months, and now a lawsuit has been filed claiming that her status within that statutory period prevents her from running for elected office. But the candidate claims that the lawsuit is the brainchild of her competitor.
The controversy started not just twelve months ago but when Alaska lawmakers first codified the current electoral statue. It requires that you must be a resident of your district within the last twelve months. But Barbara Bachmeier doesn’t meet that requirement. Ten months ago, she was homeless, living in a camper shell in the back of her truck.
Strangely, Barbara Bachmeier was already certified by Alaska’s Division of Elections just this month. But when Barbara’s failure to meet the residency requirement came to life, a lawsuit was file.
Barbara Bachmeier today is an Army veteran, with a real estate license, and a home within the district. But the republican candidate is now being taken off the ballot because of a new lawsuit field.
Her Republican opponent, Gabrielle LeDoux, denies that she was involved in the lawsuit. But she tells news that Barbara Bachmeier is not constitutionally eligible to run in her district.
Barbara started her current residency in District 13 only ten months ago on August 2011. Director o the Division of Elections, Gail Fenumiai, confirms to news that Barbara has been stripped of her election bid effective July 2. Gabrielle Ledoux tells the Anchorage Daily News that Barbara was “somebody [who] tried to get away with something, but the division didn’t let them do it.” The Democrat opponent is Hal Gazaway.