Federal lawsuit filed over TRWD election

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By Elizabeth Campbell


FORT WORTH — The Rev. Kyev Tatum and several family members are suing the Tarrant Regional Water District in federal court, alleging that they are being denied their right to vote because the district extended the terms of two board members to 2015.

Tatum, along with his brother Archie, and their wives Tonya and Hershey Ann, want the water district to hold an election in 2014, which is when the terms of Jim Lane and Marty Leonard should end, according to the lawsuit.

Board members Victor Henderson, Jack Stevens, Marty Leonard, Jim Lane and Mary Kelleher are also named in the suit. But the suit also says that Kelleher has said publicly that the district should hold the election in 2014.

Tatum’s suit is similar to one filed by John Basham in state district court. Basham ran unsuccessfully for the water board several times.

The suit alleges that the district is violating both the United States and Texas constitutions by extending Lane’s and Leonard’s terms and that not calling an election in May of 2014 denies voters the right to choose candidates.

The first day to file for the May election is Jan. 29, and Feb. 28 is the last day that entities can call an election, according to the suit.

“It’s really quite simple. The ending of a term requires an election and TRWD’s refusal to call a required election deprives the Plaintiffs of their constitutional right to vote, attorney Matt Rinaldi…

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