Challenger sues commissioner over terms

Richard Dunn files lawsuit against Michelle Spence-Jones

Published On: Feb 13 2013 06:09:10 PM EST
Richard Dunn
MIAMI -

A former City of Miami commissioner who is running again is trying to get a judge to kick his opponent off the November ballot.

Richard Dunn is running against Michelle Spence-Jones, who was suspended for 17 months soon after she was elected to her second term.

The charges against her were dropped and Spence-Jones returned to the commission while receiving back pay and attorney's fees from the city.

Dunn said her bid for reelection violates the city charter.

"It's not a personality conflict. There's no anger here. It's simply what is it saying in the charter, what's the principle of the city charter," said Dunn.

Dunn is asking a judge to disqualify Spence-Jones. She said she's entitled to run, according to a legal opinion from the Miami city attorney.