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October 23, 2014, 1:31 pm
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Alderman Denies Racial Bias in Liquor License Dispute

A Springfield Alderman is denying that her opposition to a restaurant getting a liquor license in her ward has anything to do with race.


The liquor license for the Scandals bar on South 11th Street was approved by aldermen last week and signed by Mayor Mike Houston Tuesday morning.


When asked by WMAY News if Scandals thought there was a bias from Ward 2 Alderman Gail Simpson, Michael Stoker said he didn't think there was an issue with sexuality but with race.


Simpson emphatically denies that and says her opposition to the liquor license was because her ward doesn't need another bar, and not because the business owners are white.


When asked about her support for a 3am liquor license for a black business owner in the same location as Scandals, only three years ago, Simpson says she doesn't remember that liquor license request and reiterated she didn't think there should be more liquor establishments in her ward.


Simpson also denies meeting with the Mayor after the license was voted on, something the Mayor also denies.

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