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Town Council Candidate alleges Sunshine Law Violations

Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 6:21 PM EST
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RICHLANDS, Va. (WVVA) - On November 9th, Logan Plaster resigned via a letter to the council, in that letter he recommended Laura Mollo, the runner-up in the town council elections take his place.

During the council’s next meeting, it was suggested that there be a special election between Mollo and a candidate who came in 4th from 2020. However, later in the meeting, Mollo said, the council got cold feet and appointed someone else.

The result of this meeting led to the appointment of another resident from Richlands, something that Jeff Hurst, a member of the council who was also a product of the appointment. He said it’s standard procedure.

However, there may be hope for Mollo yet with a special election to take place, giving her time to prepare her campaign.

Mollo however, is firing back at the council through a Freedom of Information Act request that will be seen in court. Mollo says that the council entered into a closed session, in violation of the town code.

That date for that has been pushed to November 23rd. Where Mollo will see if she was possibly denied a seat on the council.

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