A former prosecutor hoping to win the commonwealth’s attorney’s job in Virginia Beach is struggling to maintain a residence there.
Mark C. Hardman, a 28-year-old running on an Independent ticket, has not had a permanent address since June, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
Hardman was fired from the Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in March. He alleges that his intent to take on Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Bryant cost him his job. Due to his unemployment, Hardman has had trouble securing a lease on a home.
He spent most of the past summer staying at the houses of friends and family, and camping at First Landing State Park. He is currently in Ecuador, reportedly volunteering at an orphanage.
Candidates for constitutional offices, however, are required to have a fixed address in the city or county in which they’re running.
Hardman says he now has a place in Virginia Beach to live upon his return. But he could still face a penalty for not amending his campaign paperwork within the required 10 days of leaving his original Beach address.