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Banko and others file suit against McGraw, Election Canvassing Board, and Supervisor of Elections

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Khanh-Lien Banko, who ran against Diyonne McGraw in the 2020 election for the District 2 school board seat, has filed suit against McGraw, the Election Canvassing Board for Alachua County, and Kim Barton, the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections. County residents Marlon Bruce, Thomas Cowart, and Richard McNeill are also plaintiffs in the suit. Banko is represented by Jeff Childers.

The lawsuit seeks a declaration that McGraw’s seat on the school board is vacant because the address she gave as her residence is in District 4, not in District 2, and the law states that she must remain a resident of District 2 at all times while serving in that seat.

McGraw has stated that the situation is “complicated” because the school board never redrew the boundaries of the districts after the 2010 census, and she has maintained that she does, in fact, live in District 2. But the lawsuit lays out evidence that the school board district boundaries have not changed since 2001 and that McGraw’s house has been in District 4 continuously since 2001.

The lawsuit goes on to request that the Court declare McGraw unqualified to hold the District 2 seat, declare a vacancy in that seat, declare that any vote made by McGraw since she began serving on the school board is void, enjoin her from casting any more votes or attending any more meetings as a school board member, and award attorney’s fees and costs to the plaintiffs. Emergency injunctive relief is requested to prevent McGraw from voting at school board meetings. The lawsuit was filed late this afternoon.

  • What about following the law? How can we expect children to obey laws and rules if the highest level of the school district not only do not follow them, but look for ways to deny they even apply.

    Liberalism = the school of hypocrisy.

  • “The situation is complicated because the school board never redrew their district boundary lines after the 2010 census”? So, the school board just needs to redraw the
    Districts so she’s in district 2 and all is good??…I hope the door doesn’t hit
    Her in the ass….she needs to give back whatever taxpayer monies she received as a salary and she should spend some
    Time in jail too. Is this what we want to teach our kids?
    To lie, cheat, & steal??

    • Next to Trump? I wonder if you share the same sentiments toward that clown.

      • I share the same sentiments regarding Trump. However, although he was a man without much moral integrity or character, what he did was to try and stop giving America away. Did he benefit? Of course he did…not denying it but what some fail to recognize is the country benefited in many ways as well.

        He attempted to stop illegal border crossings. He attempted to establish relationships with middle Eastern countries, (between themselves that is). He attempted to stop China’s aggressive pursuit of gaining access to US intellectual property. Those are but a few of the things he attempted.

        He’s probably lying about his taxes. Probably did pay off an adult actress or two. Probably pissed off a lot of people… obviously yourself. Probably still believes he won the election – he didn’t. Those are some of things he probably did and does.

        He didn’t raise my taxes. He made people realize that the federal government really is a cesspool that can’t get much of anything accomplished. He said the Corona virus originated in China. He recognized that although the world doesn’t want to be “policed,” the world wants the United States to pay for it. He fast tracked the development of the Covid vaccine.

        There are many things that he did and many that he didn’t. Critics from both sides will argue about it for years. There are many things that Trump has done that I do not condone or approve of but it sure beats the direction we are headed. Now that I’ve said it can you do the same or will you be forever stuck in your hypocrisy? Don’t be the kettle forever.

        Another point that needs mentioning is that maybe the whole world doesn’t “love a clown” but almost half the voters in the United States at least liked the act he performed.

      • Typical liberal. Can’t even admit the real truth just because of your own bigotry. When you really wake, try to engage in a real conversation.

  • CRT: Laws don’t apply if you are a victim of your own historical interpretation.

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