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Lake City council members delay swearing in of new council member

Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 9:35 PM EDT
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LAKE CITY, Fla. (WCJB) - The city council of Lake City chose not to swear in Stephen Douglas to fill the vacant seat on the council. This comes after a lawsuit was filed against the city.

Former council candidate Bea Coker filed the lawsuit to block the appointment. She argues the council violated sunshine state laws when they used a secret ballot to rank the candidates during a meeting last Wednesday. She also claims a motion was not made by a council member before discussing the rankings.

The council will now meet next Tuesday the 26th to further discuss appointing a new council member.

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