Western Pennsylvania city's new treasurer says racist officials won't seat her

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UNIOINTOWN, Pa. (AP)--The newly elected treasurer of a small city in western Pennsylvania says city officials plotted to block her from taking office because she is black.

Uniontown Treasurer-elect Antoinette Hodge alleges in a lawsuit that a city councilman took action to prevent her from being sworn in as scheduled.

She says he called her a “colored girl” in a discussion with officials at a bonding agency.

Councilman Martin Gatti denies using racist language and says he had legitimate questions about Hodge’s financial background. Hodge is suing the city, Gatti and another official.

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