BREAKING STORY: Has Councilman Pat Kolstad left Santa Clara and will he have to leave the Council?
By Robert Haugh
There’s been a lot of buzz on NextDoor regarding Councilman Pat Kolstad’s residency. Kolstad recently sold his home in Santa Clara and bought a house in the state of Washington.
Santa Clarans are asking: is he still eligible to be on the council? Here’s a sample of NextDoor comments:
Recently, Terri Kolstad, the Councilman’s wife, posted this comment on Facebook:
On Monday, former City Clerk candidate Deborah Bress showed up at the City Council’s Governance Committee meeting and asked if Kolstad could keep his seat on the council since he bought a home in the state of Washington, which appears to be his primary residence. City Clerk Rod Diridon, Jr. reportedly said that Kolstad could remain on the council, as long as he was a registered voter in Santa Clara. But that may not be entirely accurate.
Here’s what the Santa Clara City Charter says:
No person shall be eligible to hold any elective office in the City including Mayor, City Council, Chief of Police Department and City Clerk, unless he or she is a resident and a qualified registered elector of the City.
Here’s what the California Secretary of State’s website says about the qualifications to be a registered voter under the category “Determination of Residence and Domicile:”
If a person moves to another state with the intention of making it his or her domicile, the voter loses his or her domicile in this state.
This looks like a serious inquiry. We’ve asked Kolstad and Diridon for comment, but did not get a response from Kolstad. Diridon responded this afternoon, though didn’t provide anything new. We’ll update when we learn more from them or others. This is a breaking story.