Candidates fail to file ethics disclosures

Posted May 20, 2016
Updated May 22, 2016

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— The state Ethics Commission has fined 30 candidates for various offices, including a former judge running for the Court of Appeals, $250 each because they didn't file a required ethics form.

Of those 30 candidates, 14 will appear on the ballot in November either because they did not face a primary or because they won their primaries this spring.

"I'm going to take care of it Monday," said Abraham Jones, a lawyer and former judge who was traveling out of the state on Friday.

The candidate in the statewide Court of Appeals race chalked up the missed filing to "human error" and said he used to file the paperwork when he was on the Superior Court bench.

Mike Causey, a Republican candidate for insurance commissioner, was the other active candidate for statewide office on the ethics commission's list.

The State Board of Elections gives candidates for office a packet of information when they file to run. Included in that packet, according to a spokesman, is a notice that they must file a disclosure form with the Ethics Commission.

Those ethics forms collect information from office holders, candidates and appointed board members about their real estate holdings, stock ownership and business dealings. They are designed to allow members of the Ethics Commission staff to warn office holders of potential conflicts of interest as well as allow members of the public to understand more about who they are voting for.

The public can search online for statements of economic interests filed with the commission.

The following are candidates who will appear on the November ballot who were fined at the May Ethics Commission meeting.

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