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The challenger to County Legislator Michael A. Fitzpatrick is contesting Fitzpatrick's designating petitions, contending that he does not live in the district.

William Nicholas, who will face Fitzpatrick in the Democratic primary and also has Republican backing for the November general election, accused him of living at his home in Angola.

"He should be disqualified because he does not live in the district," Nicholas said. "It's no secret. Mike Fitzpatrick has lost touch with our community, and that is why I decided to run for office."

Fitzpatrick's true residence has often proved a topic of discussion in political circles, with Nicholas saying Thursday that his opponent has not lived in his stated residence "for years."

"He's back there now that I've filed my objections," Nicholas said.

The legislator said that while he spends much of his time at the lakeside home, his South Buffalo home on Downing Street remains his official residence and that he has the mortgage to prove it. "I spend a lot of time out there," Fitzpatrick said, referring to the Angola home, "but Downing Street is where it's at, and it has been for 35 years."

Fitzpatrick said Nicholas sent his objections via certified mail to the Downing Street address, indicating to him that Nicholas must consider it his home.

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