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County records: GOP AG candidate’s Edina house is not homesteaded

by Steve Perry
Published: April 30,2010
Time posted: 1:42 pm
Tags: 2010 GOP Convention, 2010 Minnesota attorney general race, Chris Barden

GOP attorney general candidate R. Christopher Barden is regarded as a complete unknown by many at the GOP convention, and this bit of news may not help: According to Hennepin County property tax records [PDF], the Edina home of the Republican endorsee for AG is not homesteaded.

Primary residences typically are homesteaded for tax purposes. Barden, who has also lived in Utah, told PIM today that he was uncertain about the homestead status of his house and would have to check into it, but added that it is “absolutely” his primary residence — “and my only residence,” he went on to say.

Barden said he has lived in the house since August of 2007. Regarding his Minnesota residence bona fides, he added that “I have been licensed to practice in Minnesota since 1992, and I have paid taxes in Minnesota since 1992. We only moved to Utah to take care of my mother-in-law, who had Alzheimer’s Disease.”

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