Councilwoman changes address
The Ellis County Press
WILMER – Councilwoman Tiny Lange, up for re-election next year, turned in her notice of change of address to the city Friday, Oct. 1.
"I am living in the apartments now," said Lange.
Lange, who ran for former Mayor Don Hudson’s unexpired term earlier this year against Mayor Jeff Steele, said she has been in Longview caring for her ill daughter and hasn’t been around town lately.
"My son and Anita [Camehl] are living there while he fixes up the trims and such before we sell my house here in Wilmer," said Lange.
Lange alleges she had to move out because Camehl, a payroll clerk with the city, would be fired if she lived in the same house with her.
Service order copies obtained by The Ellis County Press show her forwarding address at a property Lange owns in the east Texas town of Gilmer.
When asked if she is moving there, Lange replied, "the only thing out there right now is a little travel trailer.
"How can I live in that?"
According to the Texas Local Government Code, the governing body of the city is the judge of the qualifications of its members.
However, the Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office maintains the position that the city council does not have the authority to judge a current council member’s qualifications as to residency and that court action is necessary.
If a councilmember moves from the city and refuses to resign his or her seat on the council, the only way to forcibly remove the councilmember from office is through a lawsuit called a quo warranto proceeding.
This type of proceeding is initiated by the state, usually through a petition filed in district court by the district attorney’s office.
There is no other "penalty" for moving outside the city limits. According to legal sources.
Lange confirmed she will still serve on the city council while promising to give The Ellis County Press her letter of resignation if ever does resign.