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Lee County college trustees sue over law kicking them off board

The General Assembly passed a number of laws this session that prompted city and county officials to object to the state sticking its nose in local business. Here’s another:

A superior court judge has issued a temporary restraining order delaying a new law from going into effect that removed four trustees from the Central Carolina Community College Board of Trustees, effective this past Thursday.

The four former trustees are all either registered Democrats or independents, and were appointed by the Democratic-led Lee County school board. Four appointees from the Republican-majority Lee County Board of Commissioners were not replaced.

The four removed trustees – Tony Lett, Chet Mann, Janet Perkinson Hayes and Norman Post Jr. – filed suit seeking a judge to declare the law unconstitutional on several grounds, including that it is “arbitrary and capricious.”

The bill, HB512, was sponsored by Rep.Mike Stone, a Republican from Sanford. It removed the four trustees before their terms ended, and prevented them from seeking re-election immediately.

The Sanford Herald reported that Stone didn’t know about the lawsuit, but said the legislation was “totally legit" and would benefit the college and local communities.

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