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Lawsuit challenges April 6 election date

Mar 16, 2010 12:11:00 AM - thestate.com
Mayor Bob Coble last week urged Columbians to "quit complaining" about the District 2 election April 6 and file a lawsuit.

Paul Denman was happy to oblige.

The District 2 retired banker filed a lawsuit Monday at the Richland County Courthouse, saying City Council's decision to give candidates just two weeks to campaign for the seat causes him "irreparable injury as either a candidate or a voter."

Thursday, Denman will ask Judge James Barber - who, as a former Richland County councilman, is aware of the politics at stake - to halt the election scheduled to replace former City Councilman E.W. Cromartie, who resigned last week amid federal tax evasion charges.

If Barber halts the election, it will force the council to schedule a special election, which would require at least 90 days of public notice, according to the city's codes.

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