Petition Starts for Danville Mayor to Resign

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 6/13 7:10 pm
Danville became the seventh city in Kentucky to pass a fairness ordinance earlier this week, banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

For months the ordinance caused controversy and debate in the city but now that it has become a law, tensions are still high.

Danville Mayor Bernie Hunstad was the only person to vote against the fairness ordinance at Monday’s meeting.  When it passed, three people asked the mayor to step down.

An online petition was started for him to resign but not because he voted against the bill.

 “I just felt like I needed to stand up and say something,” said Hunstad.  “We need people who represent the entire community of Danville,” said Elaine Wilson-Reddy who started the petition.
 
Wilson-Reddy said during the city commission meted Mayor Hunstad attacked the new law during his turn to explain his vote.  She said he was overstepping his authority and that’s why she has a problem.

The petition has a couple hundred signatures, not enough to make the mayor worry.

“I think it's a little ridiculous quite frankly and I’m not too concerned about it,” said Mayor Bernie Hunstad.
 
Hunstad said his vote against the ordinance has nothing to do with discrimination.  He said he was afraid the city could be sued for passing it.  He added he doesn’t plan to resign.
 
Wilson-Reddy admits the mayor likely won’t step down because of her petition
 
“I feel like if you're going to complain you're going to need a solution and if I’m going to complain that Mr. Hunstad is inappropriate I don't want it to just be words. There has to be some action behind it,” said Wilson-Reddy.  “I think at the very least he should apologize for the inappropriateness of what he's done.”
 
Mayor Hunstad said he has no problems apologizing but he said he doesn’t know what he would apologize for.

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