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Mayor drops appeals in Richmond government case

Richmond officials will pull the plug on two pending appeals at the Virginia Supreme Court that would test the limits of Richmond’s “strong mayor” system.

With taxpayers having already spent more than $1.1 million in legal fees, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones ended the fight between the City Council and former Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer had previously ruled in favor of the council, but Wilder filed the appeals in hopes that he or his successor would be able to overturn the rulings.

“…Mayor Jones has demonstrated it’s never too late to make a good decision,” City Council President Kathy C. Graziano told the Times-Dispatch, “and it’s time for us to get on with it and move this government forward together.”

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