For immediate release by Vinings, Lost Mountain and East Cobb cityhood committees:

Cityhood Movements Grateful the County Supports Dismissal of Lawsuit

Last night in Vinings, Cobb County held one of their informational town halls regarding cityhood.

There was a question from the audience that had been sent in ahead of time, and Ross Cavitt, Cobb County Communications Director, read the audience both the question and the response from the County Attorney’s office:

Last night in Vinings, Cobb County held one of their informational town halls regarding cityhood.

There was a question from the audience that had been sent in ahead of time, and Ross Cavitt, Cobb County Communications Director, read the audience both the question and the response from the County Attorney’s office:

Question:  In light of the lawsuit that has been filed, how does the county intend to vigorously defend the right of its citizens to vote for or against cityhood?

Response:  Cobb has no legal authority to represent the interests of private citizens.  However, its legal position in the Young v. Cobb County suit is that it should be dismissed [our emphasis.]  Until the referendum is passed and HB 840 becomes effective, there is not an active or justiciable dispute as courts do not have jurisdiction to decide the merits of a constitutional challenge to proposed legislation. 

The County Attorney’s analysis above regarding HB840 (the Vinings cityhood bill) states that there is no case in controversy. Because of this, we believe that the intervenors will file Motions to Dismiss very shortly on all three of these baseless actions attempting to deny citizens of Cobb County the right to vote for cityhood.

The Vinings Exploratory Committee

Preserve West Cobb

Committee for Cityhood of East Cobb

 

April 22, 2022

Reference: Marietta Daily Journal, Cobb County attorneys: Lawsuit challenging Vinings referendum 'should be dismissed'