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Decision time for Nikpour.

Noelle Nikpour has been getting some flak lately for not owning a home in Florida's 18th Congressional District, even though the former (current?) Arkansan and GOP strategist is running to represent the district.

TCPalm, the website of Treasure Coast Newspapers, noted that Nikpour was among four of the candidates in that race who had changed their voter registrations to District 18 at about the time they filed to run.

Arkansas Business readers know that Nikpour still owns property in Little Rock, a handsome $1.2 million house on Edgehill Road. She claims a homestead tax credit on the house, which is supposed to mean that it's her primary residence. TCPalm said Nikpour lists her address at a house she doesn't own in the district, which is in eastern Florida and includes St. Lucie and Martin counties and part of Palm Beach County.

The primary is Tuesday and the general election in November will decide who will replace Democrat Patrick Murphy, who is running for U.S. Senate. The race has drawn six Republicans--Nikpour among them--and three Democrats, and media reports have called it one of Florida's most competitive.

An ad for one of the GOP candidates, lawyer Rick Kozell takes aim at the carpetbagging candidates, saying, "Rick didn't move to our community just to run. He's from here. Rick isn't trying to buy your vote. He's working to earn it."

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Title Annotation:Whispers; Noelle Nikpour
Publication:Arkansas Business
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5FL
Date:Aug 29, 2016
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