(Photo source: Facebook) – Shanai Dunmore (left) with former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
(BALTIMORE – March 26, 2018) – It seems this election has more than its share of residency issues. One state Senator, Nathaniel McFadden, reportedly uses Cross Keys as his residence. His district is actually in East Baltimore. Last week, two candidates from the State’s Attorney’s race were in court. While Ivan Bates was proven to be a resident of the city since the 90s, Thiru Vignarajah made it by 2 days.
Well, Bmorenews has uncovered a citywide candidate who, presumably, is misleading the public, too.
According to the Board of Elections website, Clerk of the Circuit Court candidate Shanai Dunmore filed her original statement of organization with the state board on August 24th of 2017. During this time, she herself filled-out the application stating that her residency address was in fact in Sykesville, Maryland (Carroll County). She listed her mailing address as a house on Bentalou Street in West Baltimore, which is listed as the residence of her father, Charles Dunmore, along with her younger sister, Deandre Dunmore.
We did some digging and uncovered that Ms. Dunmore did move to Carroll County years ago, right around the time of starting her job as Senior Chief Deputy of the Register of Wills Office. The house that she stated she lived in on her original application was once again put down as her primary residence on an amended campaign statement of organization two months later in October, and wasn’t changed until December 20th of 2017, when someone must have informed her that she couldn’t run in Baltimore City while living in Carroll County.
She has since changed her address to match that of her voter registration card and mailing address, but is said to still live with her young daughter at the address she originally listed in Carroll County.
Since none of the challengers running for the same office filed a residency challenge in the courts before the March 3rd deadline, it appears Ms. Dunmore may be allowed to continue as a candidate for a citywide position as a Carroll County resident.
Bmorenews will continue follow this obscure issue.
Below is the link to Ms. Dunmore’s campaign candidacy page with the Board of Elections. You can scroll down and click on the 8/24/2017 entry marked ‘Statement of Organization’ Original and see for yourself: https://campaignfinancemd.us/Public/ShowReview?memberID=5353082%20&memVersID=10%20&cTypeCode=01