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Zim files suit, again
Monday, June 20, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
In case you missed the news late last week, City Council Member Don Zimmerman has filed another suit against the city, though this time he is taking direct aim at Mayor Steve Adler. In addition to the lawsuit currently underway over the city’s campaign finance laws, Zimmerman now has a suit over the recently defeated Proposition 1. He claims the May 7 ballot language was misleading (a stance that has borne little fruit thus far). In a press release from Zimmerman’s office, he explained, “The ballot description ignored the clear mandates of Texas law, I believe deliberately, in order to confuse voters and doom the vote on the amendments.” Continued Zimmerman, “So this goes beyond one election. If the City can get away with confusing voters to manipulate election results, then who is going to go through all the hard work it takes to get a petition on the ballot? This case is not about Uber and Lyft. It’s fundamental. It’s about your right to petition your government and have an honest election.” Also according to that release, Zimmerman is represented by attorney Jerad Najvar of the Houston-based Najvar Law Firm, who “recently prevailed in an election contest in Hidalgo County, and in several constitutional cases against the Federal Election Commission, Texas Ethics Commission, and City of Houston.”
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