LaRita Stokes was elected Ward 3 councilwoman in a special election early in 2012, then had her election overturned for voting irregularities in the summer.
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JACKSON Circuit Judge Richard McKenzie denied LaRita Cooper-Stokes’ request for a second trial in the Ward 3 City Council election runoff Monday.
A jury unanimously found last month in favor of Joyce Jackson, who challenged the legality of her loss to Cooper-Stokes in a February runoff election for City Council. Jackson claimed widespread violation of voting laws.
The City Council voted last week to set another election between the two for July 24.
Cooper-Stokes now plans to appeal her case to the state Supreme Court, WLBT reported Monday.