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6 Investigates: The "Out-of-Towners" running for Farenthold's old seat

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Editor's Note: We've corrected the portion of the story detailing Constitutional requirements concerning the amount of time a congressional candidate must reside in a state before seeking election to a particular office.

Half of the 10 candidates seeking outgoing incumbent Blake Farenthold's Congressional seat live somewhere else, just moved back to the district or, won't say either way.

Public records, property tax documents and election filings reveal five candidates - three Republicans and two Democrats - live in, or just relocated from, places like New York City, Austin and Houston.

Republican Jerry Hall is renting an apartment on McArdle Road in Corpus Christi, telling 6 Investigates his home was damaged by "the hurricane." He did not not responded to our request to confirm which hurricane, a key omission, given that property and legal records tie Hall to the state of Florida.

Republican Bech Bruun tells 6 Investigates he relocated from Austin to Rockport in December, where he's staying in a family-owned vacation home. His permanent residence, however, is in Austin, according to election records. 

Democrat Eric Holguin who, like Bruun, claims deep ties to Corpus Christi, returned last Fall to the Coastal Bend after a decade in New York City.

And election records show Democrat Vanessa Edwards Foster, who says she's a graduate of Corpus Christi Carroll High School, actually lives in Houston. Her address falls within the 7th Congressional District, not the 27th.

Important Note: candidate residency is not a question of law - the U.S. Constitution only requires that a Congressional candidate for a particular office live in the same state.

They don't have to actually live in the district they're running.

(It is a sharp contrast to Texas laws, which require that candidates to the State House reside in the district they're wanting to represent for a full year, before the general election.)

But, TAMU-CC Poli-Sci Professor David Smith tells us voters can, and often do, consider the question of residency, when voting. Particularly when considering who to back in a district as economically and politically diverse, as CD-27.

"What committees are (you) going to serve on? What interest - or what legislative activity are you going to take up on behalf of the constituents if you don't have some grounding - some vested interest in the community that you're representing in the district, itself?"

Like Jerry Hall, Republican John Grunwald tells us he, too, share something in common with voters: living with the aftermath of a hurricane.

Grunwald emailed to say he'd been living in a trailer in Wharton County - that's inside CD-27 - before being forced out by Hurricane Harvey.  He says he's back in Houston, where he's had a home for several years.

Five other candidates show more permanent connections within the district.  Democrat Ronnie McDonald lives in Bastrop, a short distance from the northern boundary of the district. 

Republicans Michael Cloud and Christopher Mapp own homes - and say they also live - in Victoria and Port O'Connor, respectively.

Democrat Roy Barrera lives in Corpus Christi. So does Eddie Gassman, whose address is listed to his mother, whom he says he's living with in order to see to her medical needs.

But, aside from where they live, where do they stand on the issues?

Click on the below links to learn more about each candidate:


Eric Holguin

Vanessa Edwards Foster

Ronnie McDonald

Roy Barrera


Bech Bruun

Christopher Mapp

Michael Cloud

Eddie Gassman

Jerry Hall

John Grunwald

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