PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Some Portsmouth community leaders are rallying around embattledMayor James Holley.
The handful of church, civic and city leaders are urging votersto vote 'no' on July 13 for a recall election. Holley faces therecall after a judge certified more than 9-thousand signatures fromcitizens asking him to step down.
During a news conference Tuesday, Holley said a change wouldhurt the city.
"We would think it would be in our best interest that wecompleted it with the commission that's already in place, thepresent council that's focused on Portsmouth's future."
Organizers plan a rally for Holley Wednesday at noon at NewBethel Baptist Church on Greenwood Drive.
Police have charged the owner of a Norfolk dog that made national headlines for looking like a lion.
Portsmouth City Council was just one vote away from approving a city resolution supporting casino gambling in the city.
Two recent incidents have officials questioning the safety inside Pasquotank County Courthouse.