COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Ward 4 Candidate’s Residency Questioned

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Two candidates are running for Des Moines City Council. But only one may end up on the ballot.

Both Joe Henry and Joe Gatto filed paperwork to run for the Ward 4 seat by Friday’s deadline.

A third person also filed today, to challenge Gatto’s residency.

A Des Moines woman says Gatto doesn’t live in Ward 4.  According to the Polk County Assessor’s Office, Gatto owns two homes in Des Moines – one in Ward 4 and another in Ward 3.

A three member committee made of Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie, city clerk Diane Rauh and a current city council member will consider the challenge next week.

The election is March 4.