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Kenneth City's newly elected mayor raises money for appeal



KENNETH CITY -- It took only two days for schoolteacher Teresa Zemaitis to collect the money she needed to pay court costs to appeal a judge's decision that bars her from serving as this town's mayor.

Zemaitis sent out an e-mail Friday to supporters asking for contributions to pay the $1,500 in court costs for the appeal and, by Sunday night, she had the money. American Civil Liberties Union attorney Bruce Howie is representing her free of charge.

Zemaitis, 40, won the Kenneth City mayoral election with 70.5 percent of the vote over incumbent Muriel Whitman, 83, but a clause in the charter prohibits public employees from serving as mayor. Senior circuit Judge Horace Andrews ruled Friday that the clause is constitutional, but Zemaitis plans to appeal that ruling.

Anne Lindberg, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:46am]


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