» PREVIOUS COVERAGE: City seeks restraining order against council member running for mayor
The order is effective for 30 days and bars Adoma from acting as a councilmember, accessing non-public parts of City Hall, possessing any city property and “harassing or attempting to direct city staff and employees.”
Adoma said Friday that she was disappointed by the ruling, but that she will turn her attention to her mayoral campaign against incumbent Mayor Jason Lary. She was not present during the court proceedings.
“I believe in following the law. I'm going to fully comply,” she said, adding that this saga has “energized my supporters.”
The Georgia Constitution states that if an elected official seeks another office — and the term for that office starts more than 30 days before the term of the current office would end — then the office should be immediately declared vacant.
Diane Adoma during a candidates forum for the city of Stonecrest in 2017. Curtis Comptonfirstname.lastname@example.org
Adoma, elected in 2017 to represent District 5 in Stonecrest, would have roughly two more years left on her term. But she wanted to continue serving as a councilmember through the Nov. 5 election.
“I was concerned about my constituents being unrepresented,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this week.
Adoma went to Monday’s meeting and took her usual seat, but her nameplate had been removed and she was mostly ignored by city staff and the other officials.
She launched a legal challenge against the law ordering her to vacate her seat, but her emergency injunction was denied Monday.
The city has called for a special election for Adoma’s seat to be held Nov. 5, the same general election day where voters will decide who will be mayor. The qualifying period for that seat is scheduled for Sept. 3-5.
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