Judge dismisses residency case against Maryland candidate

Krish Vignarajah, left, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland, stands with her running mate, Sharon Blake, after a judge dismissed a case on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Annapolis, Md., that challenged Vignarajah's eligibility to run over residency requirements. Vignarajah said after the ruling she's excited to move beyond the case and focus on the issues of the campaign. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a case challenging the eligibility of a candidate for governor of Maryland over residency requirements.

Krish Vignarajah, who is running for the Democratic nomination, said Tuesday she is excited to move beyond the case and focus on the issues.

Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Alison Asti dismissed the lawsuit after finding it wasn’t filed in time.

Maryland has a five-year residency requirement to run for governor.

Vignarajah, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, registered to vote in the state in 2006. She voted in Washington, D.C., as recently as 2014 when she worked as an aide to former first lady Michelle Obama.

Vignarajah said she considered Maryland her home, never let her Maryland registration lapse and didn’t vote in the two jurisdictions in the same election.

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