Candidate Claims Dirty Politics; Critics Claim Dishonesty

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Candidate Claims Dirty Politics; Critics Claim Dishonesty

By Chris Cannon. CREATED Jul 30, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Bill Beck has his name on the ballot as a candidate for the 51st district state representative seat in this month's Democratic primary. But critics claim Beck's name is there illegally.

"You're deceiving the voters of the 52st district to tell them you live in the district, and you're going to represent them, when you really don't, you've been a Sumner County resident for 25 years," said Steve Biggers.

Biggers has known Beck for many years, and has confronted him about believing he does not legally live in Davidson County.

"I think he's just bending the rules to meet what the black and white rules say. You have to be a resident of the county, a year prior to the election," according to Biggers.

Beck has claimed he has lived in Davidson County for the last two years, at an address on Brick Church Pike. Then in March, he actually moved into a house within District 51.

"You can move into the district after you're elected. But I decided to go ahead and move into the district so nothing could be said that I wasn't a resident of the district," Beck explained.

Beck said he still has a home in Hendersonville, where his wife and daughter live, while he stays in Nashville.

"My daughter wants to stay there until she graduates from Belmont, and then my wife will join me in Davidson County," according to Beck.

The candidate does admit he still spends time at his home in Hendersonville.

"It's my lake house. A lot of people have lake houses, and vacation homes," Beck said.

Beck's long-time neighbor cannot believe his claim of living in Davidson County.

"It's not true. He said he's been living in another county for two years, no, absolutely not. I've seen his vehicles here, I've seen his presence," Dennis Schuelke said.

He and Beck have been friendly neighbors for nearly 20 years, and said he said after an election commission hearing, he has not seen much of him at his Hendersonville home.

In June, the Davidson County Election Commission held a hearing on a formal residency complaint against Beck. The commissioners vetted Beck for two hours, and in the end voted unanimously to allow Beck on the August primary ballot.

"The formal complaint had, that was made at the election commission, had fingerprints from one of my opponents on it," Beck claimed.

He said this is just a case of dirty politics.

"This is their 4th quarter Hail Mary," Beck said.

The primary election is one week way. 

Chris Cannon

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Chris Cannon is an Emmy awarding winning reporter who joined the NewsChannel 5 HD team in May of 2004.