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BISD election ruling that makes November vote unlikely
BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence
Both sides are claiming victory after an appeals court has ruled in the bitter BISD election debate, but the ruling makes it unlikely a November election can go forward.
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The 9th Court of Appeals in Beaumont issued a ruling Thursday morning.
David Vann deCordova, Jr., an attorney representing three people who want to run for the school board, told Fox 4 he was reading the ruling shortly after it came out at about 10 a.m. He believes the ruling will prevent BISD from holding a board election in November.
BISD attorney Melody Chappell tells Fox 4 the district is pleased the ruling determined the district must follow a 5-2 election plan approved by voters, and she says the ruling prevents three people who "weren't elected from being installed on the board."
"We are happy," Chappell told Fox 4. "The 9th Court of Appeals denied placing Getz candidates into office but said BISD must to a 5-2 election plan now that Voting Rights Act preclearance is gone. Victory. We will decide whether the election goes forward after digesting this opinion."
She says it's not yet clear if a November election can go forward.
DeCordova says the ruling "essentially determined a November election is illegal."
The ruling denied a writ of mandamus sought by the challengers to allow them to run.
It also reversed Judge Donald Floyd's order and remanded the case back to him. He ordered that the election would go forward this November with a map that put one contested seat on the ballot, that of Janice Brassard.