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Former Anita Bonds D.C. Council Employee Files Ethics Complaint

A former staffer for D.C. Councilmember Anita Bonds has filed a complaint with the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability protesting the reasons why she was fired last Thursday.

Cierra Robinson was fired, multiple sources tell LL, over issues involving requests for her to work on Bonds' campaign for the April special election while working in the Wilson Building on Council time. City workers are not allowed to do electioneering on city time. Robinson, who is still listed as a "special assistant" on Bonds' Council website, declined to discuss the specifics of her termination, but didn't dispute the characterization from LL's sources. Robinson also confirmed that she swore out a complaint with the newly created ethics board yesterday and said her lawyer will be issuing a statement sometime later this week.

Bonds has not returned several calls seeking comment placed over several days. Her spokesman, David Meadows, says, "I cannot comment." Bonds was temporarily appointed by the D.C. Democratic State Committee to the vacant at-large position in December. She's currently facing seven opponents in the April special election that will determine who gets to keep the seat.

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