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Wright Charged -
According to the LA Times piece, two residences that were owned by Wright were searched by authorities in 2009. One of the locations was in Inglewood, a multi-family complex; the other was a house in Baldwin Hills. While the first residence was in the 25th Senate District, the Baldwin Hills house fell to within the borders of the 26th. He had purchased that home in 2000.
Though Wright listed his home of residence as the multi-family complex in Inglewood in 2007, so that he could run for Senate in 2008, the district attorney’s public integrity office received tips last year that Wright had not been living there at all, despite his claim on his voter registration cards. Both voter registration cards and the declarations are signed by individuals under penalties of perjury, a point that the politician knew full well.
David Demerjian, head of the office, has intimated that Wright knew full well what he was doing. Though he did not list a home address on his declaration of candidacy, his signature on the form asserting his claim that he met all the needed requirements, including residency. Before having been elected to office himself, Wright had served as a district administrator for Representative Maxine Waters. He followed that stint by being elected to the State Assembly in 1996 and served six years before term limits were met. He tried to gain a position on the Los Angeles City Council the following year, unsuccessfully.
While the news shocked the online gambling community, it more so surprised his fellow Senators, most of whom backed him following the announcement of the indictment. "Rod Wright has been a strong voice in the civil rights community for over 30 years," said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D- Sacramento). "And while all of us are expected to obey the laws, a criminal indictment on a merit of residency threatens to silence a voice that I will continue to listen to and respect."
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