By Cherri Gregg

By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A North Philadelphia preacher announced his candidacy for mayor this weekend, and he’ll begin making the rounds today to get signatures needed to join the ballot. But there are already questions about his candidacy.

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Education, housing, and jobs are the issues that pulled Keith Goodman, pastor of the North Philadelphia Seventh-Day Adventist Church, into the race for mayor.

“Middle class and working class people – they’re the ones who are not benefiting,” he says.

Goodman moved to Philadelphia last month after a 13 year hiatus, causing his critics to question whether he meets the three-year residency requirement under the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter.

“I always wanted to move back to Philadelphia,” he said. Goodman lived in Philly from 1998 to 2003, when he moved to Chester.

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Elections attorney Charles Gibbs says it may be enough to get and keep Goodman on the ballot.

“Domicile is really in the candidate’s intent,” Gibbs says. “Does the candidate intend to return to Philadelphia, where does he intend to return to.”

Some pundits say Goodman, who is African-American, could split the black vote and could fuel a challenge. But Gibbs points out that another candidate would have to burn thousands in campaign dollars to take Goodman down.

Hear the extended interview in this CBS Philly podcast (runs 15:19)…

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