Democratic State Senator Ghazala Hashmi is facing criticism due to discrepancies in her candidate paperwork which boil down to where she lives.
Hashmi is currently a District 10 State Senator who ran for the District 15 Senate seat in 2023. Her ability to run in District 15 is now being questioned due to inconsistencies between her candidate paperwork and real estate records.
In March, Hashmi filed her Certificate of Candidate Qualification with the Department of Elections, listing an apartment in North Chesterfield as the address she resides in. That address is in District 15, which allowed her to run for the seat.
However, the Virginia Constitution requires candidates for the General Assembly to reside in the district they represent, and real estate records show Hashmi has owned a home in the Midlothian area of Chesterfield since 1999. This home was part of Hashmi’s current district, District 10, and is now considered part of District 12 after recent redistricting.