Social worker Stephanie Lynch pulled ahead of a crowded field of seven candidates Tuesday night to win the Richmond City Council 5th District special election.
Lynch will replace Councilman Parker Agelasto, who was forced to resign after admitting to moving outside of his district last year. With more than 7,000 residents voting in the election, Lynch took around 27 percent of the vote. She easily beat out her closest opponents, Thad Williamson and Mamie Taylor, who each received about 15 percent.
A legal challenge aimed at ousting Richmond Councilman Parker Agelasto for moving out of the district he was elected to represent died Thursday in Richmond Circuit Court.
Judge William R. Marchant declined to issue a declaratory judgment deeming Agelasto’s seat on the City Council vacant
Parker C. Agelasto has run up a hefty legal tab fending off lawsuits seek- ing to immediately remove him from his 5th District City Council seat now that he and his family have moved out of the district.
Mr. Agelasto, who is set to step down on Nov. 30, has appealed to his eight City Council colleagues for financial help with the legal bills.
Voters in Richmond’s 5th District will elect their next City Council representative on Nov. 5, the same day as the general election.
A Richmond circuit judge has approved the council’s request to hold a special election on that date to replace Councilman Parker Agelasto, who is resigning.
Voters unhappy with their city councilman’s move out of the district he was elected to represent will not find recourse with Richmond’s general registrar.
Spurning a request by three 5th District residents seeking the removal of City Councilman Parker Agelasto, Registrar J. Kirk Showalter sent a letter to the petitioners late last week declining to hold a hearing to review his voter registration status.
A Richmond City Council member who said Monday that he will not run for re-election in 2020 has resided outside of the district he represents for months.
Councilman Parker Agelasto of the 5th District announced that he would not run for a third term on the nine-member council, citing family reasons in a written statement he distributed to constituents via email and social media.