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Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy Resigns from Virginia Board of Education

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Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy speaking at an event (FILE) Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy speaking at an event (FILE)
25th District Delegate R. Steven Landes (FILE) 25th District Delegate R. Steven Landes (FILE)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville Vice Mayor Wes Bellamy voluntarily resigned from his post on the Virginia Board of Education.

Bellamy released a statement Wednesday, and informed Governor Terry McAuliffe's that he would leave his appointed position, effective immediately.

Today, I informed Governor McAuliffe that I have decided to resign from my appointment to the Virginia State Board of Education. I would like to redirect my attention and focus to my family, the children and young people whom I serve, and to the City of Charlottesville. I want to thank Governor McAuliffe, Steve Staples, Billy Cannaday, and the rest of the State Board and staff for their support and faith in me.
Wes Bellamy

Bellamy, who is also a teacher with Albemarle County Public Schools, is under fire for past posts on his Twitter account that many consider vulgar.

25th District Delegate R. Steven Landes (R), who represents portions of Albemarle and Augusta counties, says the type of language Bellamy used is unacceptable and called for his resignation.

“Mr. Bellamy’s racist, sexist and outrageous tweets are repugnant. It is especially disturbing to see these comments come from an individual who serves on Virginia’s Board of Education,” said Landes.

Bellamy has issued an apology for his Twitter posts, and is currently on administrative leave with pay from his computer science teaching position.

Release from 25th District Delegate R. Steven Landes:

WEYERS CAVE, VA - Del. R. Steven Landes, R-Weyers Cave, chairman of the House Education Committee, today called on Board of Education member Wes Bellamy to resign immediately from the Virginia Board of Education.

In light of Mr. Bellamy’s past racist and sexist posts on his Twitter account, Landes has called for his resignation. Should Bellamy refuse to resign, Landes is requesting that Governor Terry McAuliffe remove him from his position on the Board of Education.

“Mr. Bellamy’s racist, sexist and outrageous tweets are repugnant. It is especially disturbing to see these comments come from an individual who serves on Virginia’s Board of Education,” said Landes. “The type of language used by Mr. Bellamy is unacceptable, and certainly disqualifies him from serving on the Board of Education. I encourage Mr. Bellamy to do what is best for the commonwealth and resign his seat on the Board at once. Our children and the Board of Education deserve better than this. If Mr. Bellamy will not resign, Governor McAuliffe should remove him from his post immediately to demonstrate that this type of offensive language has no place in our public discourse” Landes added.

Landes represents the 25th House District, which includes parts of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham counties. Landes is currently serving his eleventh term in the Virginia House of Delegates. Visit SteveLandes.com for additional information.

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