Buster Pruitt has withdrawn from the race for Shelbyville's third ward council seat, two days after one of his opponents challenged his residency.
Earlier this week, Lizzie Peoples filed a residential challenge against Pruitt, according to a letter from city attorney Ginger Shofner to council members and the mayor.
But shortly before press time this morning, election commission administrator Summer Leverette informed the T-G of Pruitt's action.
Peoples remains on the ballot, challenging incumbent Kay Rose in the November general election.
Peoples had based her challenge on a phone book entry from 2011 that shows Pruitt having an address at Pass Road "which she claims is not only outside the Third Ward, but not in the City altogether," Shofner's letter stated.
A hearing on the challenge had been set, but that has now been cancelled.
Pruitt said that he has lived on Lee Lane for nearly 40 years and would have presented utility bills and other documents to prove it..
He told the T-G Wednesday that the Pass Road address is one of several properties he owns and that he had his landline phone cut off two years ago, now relying on cellular phone service. A property search showed that Pruitt owns 11 pieces of land in Bedford County.
Pruitt said Wednesday the issue was "just politics" and that he would be able to prove that he has lived in Shelbyville since the 1970s.
Shofner was informed of the challenge by Leverette Tuesday morning on the advice of the State Election Commission's attorney.
"Depending on the decision of the Election Commission and whether it is challenged and upheld at any appellate level, a special election might have to be called for which the City would be responsible for costs," Shofner wrote. However, with Pruitt now out of the race, such a move would be moot.