Prosecutor: Petition doesn't have enough signatures

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- An effort remove Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy from the Charlottesville City Council has failed, for now.

A special prosecutor says the petition brought by blogger Jason Kessler lacks the correct number of signatures for the case to move forward at this time.

Lynchburg Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Doucette says Kessler only had 597 signatures out of 1,580 required.

However, Kessler has another chance, if he gets the appropriate number of valid signatures on his petition.

The court says he needs ten percent of all voters who cast ballots in the election for the city council, which means he needs 1,580.

Bellamy says even after all of this, he has no hard feelings toward Kessler.

"I have no ill-intent or ill-will toward Mr. Kessler, and if this is how he chooses to proceed then that's fine," said Bellamy. "The one thing I tell the young people we interact with is that people don't always have to like you, they don't always respect you, but it's how you respond."

Kessler looked defeated after the hearing but says he has no plans to proceed with the matter anymore, citing more important issues.

"We have some other investigations on other city council members that are ongoing and fresher to me at this point," said Kessler.

Kessler also says he filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for all complaints filed against Bellamy since he took office.

He says the city wanted $1,200 to fulfill that request, so he is in the process of challenging it.

CBS19 asked Kessler if he had anything to say to Bellamy now that this matter is settled, and he simply responded with "no, not really."

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