Press release from Win America PAC
Marlon Bruce, Chairman of Win America, has filed a lawsuit against School Board Member Diyonne McGraw, Supervisor of Elections Kim A. Barton, and the Election Canvassing Board for Alachua County, demanding that the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court declare the District 2 seat of the Alachua County School Board vacant.
Last week, it became public that Diyonne McGraw had unlawfully qualified, run, and won her current seat on the School Board of Alachua County. Ms. McGraw has not now, nor at any time since qualifying, lived in the district she was elected to serve. This is a clear violation of Florida State Statutes and the Florida State Constitution. When presented with this finding, Ms. McGraw chose to ignore facts and remain in her seat. As the entities responsible for qualifying, counting, and certifying Ms. McGraw’s illegitimate election, the Supervisor of Elections and the Election Canvassing Board for Alachua County have been named Defendants.
“As a registered voter and employee of the Alachua County School District, I am incredibly disappointed in the revelations this past week. We are a community of laws. The people of District 2 deserve proper representation. The citizens and students of Alachua County deserve transparency and accountability. The School Board has made several unpopular drastic decisions since Ms. McGraw assumed office, including removing many hard-working employees from their jobs. Now her illegitimacy calls into question these same decisions, as well as any future decisions she may take part. That is why I and the other plaintiffs are requesting emergency declaratory and injunctive action that vacates her seat and prevents her from taking any further actions as a member of the School Board. It is time that we follow the rules as written. How can I, as an educator, ask young students to follow the rules when those who make the rules refuse to follow them?”
In addition to serving as Chairman of Win America, Marlon Bruce is Chair of the Alachua County Economic Development Committee. Additionally, he is a Paraprofessional and Substitute Teacher at the Sidney Lanier Elementary School in Gainesville, Florida. Win America is dedicated to aiding Chairman Bruce and other plaintiffs while also delivering justice to the people of Alachua County. To learn more about Win America and our Chairman, visit us on Instagram, Facebook, and our website WinAmericaPAC.com.