Diyonne McGraw files lawsuit challenging governor’s move to vacate her school board seat

Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 11:11 AM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Former Alachua County School Board Member Diyonne McGraw is filing her own lawsuit against Governor Ron DeSantis, challenging the legality of her removal from her seat.

The suit claims that DeSantis does not have the authority to remove McGraw from office and that only a judge can remove a sitting elected official.

Her suit also claims that even if the governor is allowed to deem the seat vacant and appoint a replacement, she should remain in her district two seat until a court rules a DeSantis appointee is eligible to take her seat.

This comes before Tuesday night’s school board meeting at 6pm, where the board will discuss and vote on Superintendent Carlee Simon’s proposed “new and amended job descriptions” for various positions.

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