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Huntington council urges jailed member to resign

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Huntington City Council Chairman Mark Bates went to the Western Regional Jail on Wednesday with a letter asking for Councilman Pete Gillespie’s resignation.

He left with nothing, other than a message delivered through a jail administrator from the embattled District 2 Councilman to “Talk to my attorney.”

That came as prosecutors filed a petition to revoke Gillespie’s home confinement from a misdemeanor domestic violence conviction, alleging he violated its terms by possessing firearms and smoking marijuana.

The petition further suggests Gillespie made payments to purchase three more guns, while being prohibited from having such weapons due to his punishment for domestic battery and violation of a domestic violence order.

He was arrested Tuesday night.

“Going forward, I think it’s time we take action and remove Mr. Gillespie from office,” Bates said at a press conference in city hall Wednesday afternoon. “I will poll the council members as to when to start these proceedings, but we will move forward, with or without a resignation. If we do receive a letter of resignation, this will all be moot…

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