Second candidate in 10th District County Commission race cited for campaign violations

Robert O. Pena, one of three democrats vying for the 10th District County Commission seat, is the second candidate in the race to be cited for violating the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. In this instance, Pena was cited in June for failing to have a paid for disclosure on his yard signs. Communications with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, found on the county’s campaign finance database, show Byrum and Pena spoke of the issue in June and he assured her the issue was rectified.

But on July 13, Pena was notified by Byrum that his yard signs continued to be placed without the legally required disclosure. That complaint has now been referred to the State Bureau of Elections for investigation and possible sanctions.

Pena is not the only candidate hit with a campaign finance complaint on July 13. Current Commissioner Dennis Louney was referred to state elections officials for using his county provided email address for campaign purposes, in violation of Michigan law.

Louney was appointed to the seat in Feb. after then County Commissioner Brian McGrain resigned to take a position in the administration of Mayor Andy Schor. Louney, Pena and Thomas Morgan are all vying for the Democratic nomination for the seat in the August primary. The winner in Aug. is expected to win the seat in November for a two year term.

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