CALLS FOR CARBON HILL’S MAYOR TO RESIGN CONTINUE AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

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Reporting by WVUA23’s Andrea Matei

Monday night’s Carbon Hill City Council meeting ended in an eruption of chants calling for the resignation of Mayor Mark Chambers.

Although it’s been over a month since Chambers wrote a Facebook post in which he appeared to condone the killing of LGBTQ community members, the ramifications of his post are still unfolding.

District 1 Chair McClain Burrough and District 4 Chair Chandler Gann announced their resignations from the council following the mayor’s comments. Their resignations were accepted at Monday night’s meeting. After some public comment, the council meeting was adjourned. However, several people who attended the meeting felt as if they weren’t given the chance to speak publicly.

“It’s cherry-picking who you want to speak,” said Andrea Hayes, a volunteer with the small-town advocacy group Hometown Action. “I also think it’s just a way to keep a control on what can be said and a layer of protection for [Chambers] so that he doesn’t have to comment.”

Even though their voices may not have been heard during the meeting, protestors and frustrated townspeople chanted for Chambers to resign as he walked out of the room.

About 25 people also participated in a march and “die-in” before the meeting. Several members of Hometown Action then had a meeting with the mayor during which they told him they will continue to call for his resignation and fight for change in the LGBTQ community in Carbon Hill.

Mayor Chambers made no statement about plans to resign or not run in next year’s election.

The city council will be taking applications to fill the District 1 and 4 chairs until July 19.

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