PALMYRA — The Fluvanna County Electoral Board has fined two candidates for failure to file paperwork in the state mandated timeframe.
Tony O’Brien (Independent) and Camilla Washington failed to submit their ‘Statement of Organization’ forms within the 10-day window required by state code 24.2-947.1.
The Fluvanna County Electoral Board assessed $100 fines to O’Brien and Washington on June 10. Washington paid her fine on June 13. As of 3 p.m. on June 18, O’Brien has not paid his fine.
A. Any individual seeking or campaigning for an office of the Commonwealth or one of its governmental units in a party nomination process or general, primary, or special election, shall file a statement of organization within 10 days of meeting any one of the following conditions:
1. Acceptance of a contribution;
2. Expenditure of any funds;
3. The payment of a filing fee for any party nomination method;
4. The filing of a candidate statement of qualification pursuant to § 24.2-501; or
5. The appointment of a campaign treasurer, designation of a campaign committee, or designation of a campaign depository.
O’Brien is running for Rivanna District Board of Supervisors seat currently held by Joe Chesser. Washington is running for Columbia District School Board.
Fluco Blog has emailed both candidates for a comment and will report those once received.
Update: Tony O’Brien responds via email on June 18 at 8:11 p.m.
His statement in full: I received the formal notice on June 10th. The payment was made this evening, which is within the ten day period from the notice. This is my first run for office and I missed the initial ten day filing period from my first contribution and expense in the initial rush to start my campaign.
It has been an exciting and hectic few weeks and I am thrilled to have all of my paperwork completed. Members of the Office of the Registrar, State and Local Board of Elections have all been very helpful throughout the process and I look forward to being on the ballot and to a vigorous campaign.
Update: Fluco Blog has confirmed Tony O’Brien has paid his fine officially as of June 19, 2013.