Board of Aldermen Vote to Hold Special Election
Request will be made to hold an election to replace State Rep. Stacie Laughton in Ward 4.
The Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday night to request a special election in Ward 4 to replace Stacie Laughton as a state representative.
Laughton, who was elected in November to serve as a state rep in Ward 4, has since resigned the seat amid controversy over her status as a convicted felon.
Laughton and her ex-wife, Lisa Laughton, were convicted and served time for conspiracy to commit fraud in 2008, information that did not come to light publicly until after the November election.
A resolution was unanimously passed during the Dec. 11 Alderman's meeting to hold a special election, after the board suspended the rules by introducing and approving the resolution within the same meeting, to expedite the process.
During public comment Tuesday night, prior to the vote, Laughton spoke against the resolution, saying she did not support a special election, or the costs to the city that go along with holding a special election.
"A special election will get low voter turnout. I don't think it would be wise to expend the money we'd need to have this election because it wouldn't really be worth it," Laughton said.
"We're only in this mess now because of dirty, nasty politics. To call for a special election is a waste of money, and from what my supporters have said to me, on Nov. 6, they had their say and voted for me," Laughton said.
Both Stacie and Lisa Laughton, both previously elected to serve as a ward selectmen as write-in candidates, are awaiting a decision by the Secretary of State on whether they were eligible to run based on the current language of the state voting code.