Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Ind. Gov't. - "Guilty plea doesn't bar candidate from running for school board"
That is the headline to this story by Kirsten Clark in the Indiana section of today's Louisville Courier Journal. A few quotes:
An incident in which school board candidate Teresa Bottorff-Perkins pleaded guilty to a felony shoplifting charge two years ago does not disqualify her from running for re-election in November, the Clark County Board of Elections determined Tuesday evening.ILB: Here is an ILB post about a somewhat similar situation in 2012.
Greater Clark County School board challenger Kelli Datillo, who has previously expressed concerns about Bottorff-Perkins’ admission of guilt, requested the hearing to determine whether Indiana statute – a code barring convicted felons from seeking public office – would prevent the incumbent from running. [IC 3-8-1-5 is cited; sec. 5, which was last amended in 2014, begins on p. 4] * * *
The board in a 2-1 vote decided that Bottorff-Perkins, who has served on the school board for four years, would only be barred from running if she had been convicted of the felony, Popp said.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 7, 2016 10:29 AM
Posted to Indiana Government