Blackmon-Brace addresses parked car

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Resident submits photo of city councilwoman’s car in handicapped space

By Jesef Williams

Lancaster City Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace addressed a photograph submitted to The Lancaster News this week showing her car parked in a handicapped space. 

A resident, who asked to remain anonymous, brought the picture to the newspaper office about 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. 

The photo shows a burgundy four-door Cadillac parked in a handicapped space at the County Administration Building on the White Street side. The car has a Blackmon-Brace campaign sign on its side. 

The man said he took the photo just before 9:43 a.m.

When asked about the picture, Blackmon-Brace told The Lancaster News that Denise Mills was driving the Cadillac on Wednesday morning. 

Blackmon-Brace said Mills helps with volunteer work in President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. 

“I wasn’t even driving that,” Blackmon-Brace said of her Cadillac. “I think that might have been Ms. Mills taking an older person to vote.” 

The resident said the Cadillac did not have a visible handicapped-parking placard or license plate.

Blackmon-Brace confirmed the lack of a decal, but said Mills probably parked closely so the elderly person she was helping didn’t have to walk far to reach the door. 

“I apologize,” Blackmon- Brace said. 

A day later, Mills told The Lancaster News she indeed illegally parked the Cadillac in the handicapped space.

“I know it was wrong, but he was so adamant about voting. I don’t want someone else to get the blame for what I’ve done. I’m sorry it happened,” Mills said.

“I don’t think she meant anything by it,” Blackmon-Brace said of Mills. “I will get my volunteer staff to be very, very careful of where they park in the near future.” 

Blackmon-Brace, who represents the city’s District 3, is running for re-election against Jackie Harris. 


Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152