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Councilwoman Patty Cummings suspended by Gov. Ron DeSantis
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Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-17 17:46:42-05

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — On Friday, Cape Coral City Council voted to appoint someone rather than hold a special election to decide council member Patty Cummings' replacement.

This comes after Governor Ron DeSantis signed an Executive Order suspending Cummings from her District 4 position.

Cummings has been at the center of a fraud investigation by the State Attorney's Office to determine whether she lived in the district that she represents.

Cummings faces three felony charges:

  • Fraudulent Application for Driver's License
  • Two counts of False Swearing in Connection with or Arising Out of Voting or Elections.

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Applications for the District 4 position is open now until December 1 at 5 p.m.

City Council plans to vote in Cummings' replacement at a December 13 regular City Council Meeting.

Cummings will appear in front of a judge on December 18.