Defeated mayoral candidate Janet “JT” Thompson’s quest to overturn the May 17 city election came to an abrupt end Thursday when Charleston City Council dismissed her challenge on multiple grounds.
Council members wasted little time considering Thompson’s June 3 Notice of Election Contest and later filings, especially since Thompson — as promised — skipped the court-like tribunal entirely.
Council members also agreed to try to bill Thompson for expenses the city has incurred in challenging the election, in which she lost to Mayor Danny Jones by more than a 2-1 margin.
“It has been frivolous and she should have to pay the damages, the legal costs, and to bring in county employees,” Jones said after the hearing, which he watched but did not participate in. Jones was a possible witness but was not called to testify.