- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A former assistant Fairfax County attorney who was fired after winning election to the Fairfax City Council has filed a lawsuit alleging her free-speech rights were violated.

The Washington Post reports (https://wapo.st/1EZNiCf ) that Nancy Loftus filed suit this week in federal court in Alexandria against County Attorney David Bobzien and County Executive Edward Long, seeking $6 million in damages.

In the lawsuit, Loftus says she initially received clearance from Bobzien to run in the April 2014 city election. A few days later, Bobzien raised concerns about potential conflicts but Loftus cited laws guaranteeing employees a right to participate in politics.

The county fired Loftus from her $130,000-a-year job after she won.

County spokesman Tony Castrilli said Loftus already lost an internal grievance and he expects the lawsuit will also fail.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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