The city councilor and Albemarle County teacher apologized for posts exposed by a local blogger that some consider racist and misogynistic.
Del. C. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, said it is “unbecoming” of the state Board of Education to have a member who has publicized thoughts criticized by some as deplorable.
A county school system spokesman said Wednesday that Bellamy is being paid while he is on administrative leave.
Some are expressing concern that the petition was promoted on a website infamous for users who anonymously promote fringe ideologies rooted in racism and anti-Semitism.
The city councilor, who teaches computer science at Albemarle High School, has been on paid administrative leave since a firestorm erupted over past tweets.
Jason Kessler is currently scheduled to appear Jan. 31 in Charlottesville General District Court, related to the assault charge against him.
The blogger also launched a political action group, Unity and Security for America“dedicated to defending Western Civilization."
Although Kessler claims he has more than enough signatures for a judge to consider the petition, others have contested whether he actually does.
An attorney for City Councilor Wes Bellamy has filed a motion to dismiss a petition seeking his removal.
Special Prosecutor Michael Doucette requested that the judge continue the case so that he can look further into the facts of the case and what’s being alleged.
The special prosecutor in the case said the minimum number of signatures needed to be the same as least 10 percent of the entire City Council vote.
The right-wing blogger is due back in court on April 27 for his sentencing.
The charges are related to a rally and a counter-protest at Lee Park in February.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate drew national attention with a tweet Monday in which he said that “Nothing is worse than a Yankee telling a Southerner that his monuments don’t matter.”
“We will not let you come in and take over, and have your way.”
There was rare silence from Corey Stewart, a Republican who has made protecting the statue a key part of his campaign platform.
The Saturday night “alt-right” torch rally at Lee Park has been condemned by four of the five candidates running for governor in Virginia.
Each cause has been driven by several key people or organizations that are now further in the spotlight.
The city councilor's attorney in removal case, Pam Starsia, said she will donate proceeds to activists or certain political candidates.