Newly elected County Council member faces lawsuit over  St. Lucia villa


A newly elected New Castle County Council member and a museum are facing a lawsuit from a family member over a villa in the Caribbean and its use in donations.

Chancery Daily(subscription) reported he Chancery Court filingfrom Andrew Durham of Annandale, VA.

According to the suit, the family inherited the villa in St. Lucia from their parents. The property is owned by a limited liability company (LLC) and serves as a source of rental income. Dee Durham owns 20 percent of the LLC.

On Tuesday, Durham, a Democrat, won the election for a seat on the New Castle County Council over long-time GOP incumbent Robert Weiner.

Andrew Durham claims in the suit that Dee Durham, made stays at the villa available as part of charitable event donations to the Delaware Museum of Natural History without the authorization of the LLC.

A spokesperson for the museum stated, “It’s not appropriate for us to comment publicly about Mr. Durham’s complaint.”

The suit calls for Durham to cease and desist from using the Durham name in promoting donations and return any funds that might have been received under questionable circumstances.

The suit mentions Durham’scampaign for New Castle County Council, adding that her donations related to the use of the villa might violate campaign finance laws. Dee Durham did not respond to a request for comment.

Andrew Durham filed the suit pro se (without a lawyer).

He had earlier sought access to the LLC’s recordsin a Chancery action.

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