Candidate could be removed from ballot

Published 9:16 am Friday, May 25, 2018

One magisterial candidate was recommended to be removed from the ballot for not filing his required financial disclosure statement.

On April 26, the members of the Clark County Ethics Commission voted unanimously to recommend that candidate David Weistroffer be removed from the ballot. According to the commission’s minutes and a letter sent to Weistroffer, he did not file the required statement by March 29, which was an extension of the original March 1 deadline.

Weistroffer is the Democratic candidate for first district magistrate and is running against the incumbent Daniel Konstantopoulos.

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Fines began accumulating at $50 a day until they are paid, according to the letter.

The commission also sent a letter to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes recommending Weistroffer be removed from the ballot for failing to respond or submit the form in a timely fashion.

Thursday afternoon, Weistroffer said he just learned about the financial disclosure statements last week when he received the letter from the ethics commission.

“They just made me aware of that disclosure statement last week… “ Weistroffer said. “It was the first time we’ve been any part of that.”

Weistroffer said he was working to complete the statement and hoped to have the matter resolved today. At this point, the accumulated fine would be approximately $2,800, which Weistroffer said would not be a problem.

Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham, whose office performs administrative duties for the commission, said letters were also sent to county clerk candidate William Roy Collins Jr. and fifth district constable candidate John Lambert who have not paid fines of $50 and $700, respectively, for not filing their financial disclosure statements prior to the deadline. Both have filed their disclosure forms at this point but must still pay the fines.

Jailer candidate Bryan Richardson and third-district constable candidate Shelby Lynn Toler II were also assessed fines of $100 each. According to the meeting minutes, Toler paid his fine and Richardson had until May 10 to pay his fine. Richardson was defeated Tuesday night in the Democrat primary.

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