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Petition Aims to Block Possible Council Appointee 

An anonymous on-line petition is striking back against a rumored push to fill newly elected Delegate Delores McQuinn's vacant City Council seat with an alleged district outsider.

The mass e-mail addressed to “the citizens of Richmond” -- with an attached petition in opposition to Cynthia Newbille's possible appointment -- began circulating late last week.

Newbille, the acting executive director of United Way's Family Resource Center in Richmond, has become a subject of discussion in the blogosphere, with some alleging she doesn't reside in the 7th District.

“People need to be made aware that Henry Marsh and Delores McQuinn are asking City Council members to appoint a person to the vacant 7th District seat they have moved in from out of the 7th District,” a letter prefacing the petition states. Similar accusations have been popping up on the popular blog, Church Hill People's News, for the past week. State Sen. Marsh, who has close political ties to Mayor Dwight Jones and to McQuinn, is said to be orchestrating a push for Newbille's appointment.

The e-mail petition request has also been posted on the Church Hill blog. As of Sunday, the online petition had 16 signatures. The blog's host, John Murden, has declared his own interest in McQuinn's vacant seat.

And though he disavows connection to the petition, former School Board member Keith West has rumored involvement in the petition. West is also rumored to be seeking the seat, or at least the council appointment.

As rumors fly regarding efforts to seat Newbille, the crowded field of possible appointees is shaping up as a harbinger of the November election. The 7th District is majority black, but swiftly giving way to gentrification and young professionals. In addition to West and Murden, a handful of others, including Virginia electoral college delegation member Betty Squire, and outspoken city historic preservationist Jennie Dotts, are also vying for the vacant seat.

“This arrogant political power play cannot be allowed to proceed uncontested,” the e-mail says of a possible Newbille appointment, imploring recipients of the e-mail to pass it to others.

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